Mother Paula – Our Spiritual Mother
On 6 August 1938 Paula Bodenmann first saw the light of day. In Martisberg/VS (Switzerland) stood her cradle. Josef, her father, and Helen, her mother, were mountain farmers and model parents. Paula grew up with eight brothers and sisters, of whom she was the fourth. She was a very cheerful girl, who really enjoyed life, though being shy and reserved. At a very early age she had to take responsibility.
At the age of 13 she lost her mother, who died at the birth of her ninth child due to heart failure. Together with her one-year-older sister she took over many duties of a mother.
After elementary school she attended a domestic science school for two years and later she spent a year learning how to keep house with a kind dentist’s family in Chur (Switzerland).
With considerable preliminary work experience in home nursing and in a hospital she completed nursing school in Bern (Switzerland) successfully.
Her joie de vivre and enjoyment of life did not prevent her from following the straight and narrow.
After many working years she married on 5 June 1965 Nikolaus Schneider from Oberriet/SG (Switzerland), with whom she lived in perfect harmony. She became a mother of four sons, to whom she gave her whole heart.
In March 1975 her husband received from GOD the mission to unconditionally offer his services to GOD and the Church. Drastically and profoundly GOD intervened in their family.
In June 1977, with a heavy heart, she voluntarily gave up her husband for the priesthood.
While she continued to take care of their children, she nevertheless also supported her husband, the Sword-Bishop, in his difficult calling as GOD’s Instrument.
She was appointed as spiritual Mother and GOD deemed her worthy of imparting the blessing of St. Joseph. In the year 2010, she founded the “Lay Community of St. Joseph” to the greater veneration of the Nursing and Foster Father of JESUS CHRIST. For more information, see under: www.laiengemeinschaft-des-hl-josef.com
Thus she shares her life with her husband, children and many spiritual children.
Nature is astonishing, not only to human beings – even to animals.