Our Founder



Founder of the Society(Sister of St. Ann, Luzern)

Born: 12.09.1870 in Schertz, Luzern, Switzerland

Died: 08.02.1912 in Luzern


Father Wilhelm Meyer was born on September 12, 1870 in the village Schertz, in the picturesque district of Luzern. He grew up in a large family with twelve brothers and sisters in a farmhouse, in a true Christian atmosphere. As a young boy his ambition was to become an architect, and so he took interest in everything that might be useful for his future career. But the parish priest Fr. Roos, who knew the boy well, diverted his aspirations to a different channel. "You should become a priest", he was told. This seed took deep root in him. With his piety, intelligence, talents and his strong will power, he overcame all obstacles and reached this sublime goal. On July 18, 1897, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Leonard Hass and became God's Architect, working to build the Kingdom of God.

He was first appointed as an assistant Parish priest in the village of Hitzkirch. Here he came in contact with the poor and suffering, through his visits to the Home for the Aged. His sympathy and understanding for these old people, urged him to direct his future work towards the plight of the poor and the suffering. Soon he was appointed Vice Rector of the seminary in Luzern. In the seminary as professor of Theology and as Vice Rector, he did not limit his activities to its four walls; he kept alive his interest in all who were in burden and difficulty. Often the intellect of Fr. Meyer had been praised. Surely he possessed this, but more significant was the compassionate heart he had for the people. His compassionate heart sensed the need of a mother at the time of childbirth. He recognized that there was an urgent need for trained and dedicated personnel, to care for the expectant mothers and their families especially during childbirth. In those days, strict rules about cloistered lives, had forbidden the religious congregations, from doing such work