Fürchte dich nicht!

Majella Lenzen

Fürchte dich nicht!

Mein Weg aus dem Kloster

256 pages

First day of sale: 13.01.2016
ISBN 978-3-8321-9689-9

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About 280pp.
Autumn 2012

A woman fights against the inhumane structures of the church

A former nun tells about the misogynist structures of the Catholic Church

“A rebel with a veil speaks with cool rage.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

She worked for the Catholic Church for 33 years: Sister Maria Lauda built a hospital in Tanzania. As provincial superior in Zimbabwe she wanted to update the monastic regulations and is forcibly transferred to a crisis region suffering terribly under HIV. When she transports boxes of condoms to the red-light district of Morogoro, her religious order finds this to be one provocation too much.
“Fürchte dich nicht!” tells about the long path of a deeply religious woman to herself, about humiliations and inhuman structures within the church and about the struggle for self-respect and self-determination. In the process, Majella Lenzen also reveals in her second book about how difficult, in fact how nearly impossible it is for nuns to turn their backs to their religious orders.

“I stood defenceless before the court of my highest authority, which until now had always decided what I should or should not do. The church held thus power. But what was much worse was the fact that at this very moment, it had decided that I was not worth being myself. That was the shock that its words triggered in me. But deep inside of me that was simultaneously also the trigger for an uncommon force that could not be extinguished or destroyed. It was followed by a difficult path of self-discovery and self-acceptance.” Majella Lenzen

Majella Lenzen, was born in Aachen in 1938, entered the boarding school of the Order of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood in Neuenbeken/Paderborn in 1953. She took her vows in 1959 and was subsequently known as Sister Maria Lauda. She began working that year as a missionary East Africa. After training as a nurse in Nairobi she set up the Turiani Hospital in Tanzania from 1965 to 1982. From 1982, she headed the Provincial Order in Zimbabwe. She was transferred against her will in 1990 to the Diocese of Moschi where she coordinated the Church's Aids activities. She was released from her vows in 1995. Her first book “”Das möge Gott verhüten” was published by DuMont in 2009.

Majella Lenzen

Majella Lenzen wurde 1938 in Aachen geboren, 1953 trat sie in das Internat des Ordens der Missionsschwestern vom Kostbaren Blut in Neuenbeken/Paderborn ein. 1959 legte sie das Gelübde ab. Als Krankenschwester baute sie von 1965 bis 1982 das Turiani Hospital in Tansania auf. Ab 1982 übernahm sie die Leitung der Ordensprovinz in Simbabwe. Von 1990 bis 1992 koordinierte sie die kirchliche Aids Arbeit in der Diözese Moschi. 1995 wurde sie von den Gelübden entbunden. 2009 erschien im DuMont Buchverlag ›Das möge Gott verhüten – Warum ich keine Nonne mehr sein kann‹ und 2012 ›Fürchte dich nicht! Mein Weg aus dem Kloster‹.