Maria von Mörl
Maria von Mörl was born in 1812 into an impoverished noble family from Kaltern. She was a poorly child, and was plagued by physical illness her whole life. Extraordinary circumstances came about when she turned twenty that led her to be nicknamed ‘the ecstatic’.
Maria von Mörl was so lost in the pain of the Redeemer, that she lost all sensibility to the sensorial world. She knelt in front of her bed, like an angel, a spiritual being, her eyes unmoving on a spot in the sky. It was a different matter on Thursday evenings, where she went to suffer in the Lord’s pain on Mount Ölberg. The stigmata of Christ appeared on her hands and feet in 1836. The gospel of Maria spread all over Europe and soon, thousands of pilgrims came to Kaltern to meet the stigmatised virgin. In 1841 she joined the cloister of the Third Order in Kaltern. She welcomed the creme de la creme of Europe, princes and dukes, two Empresses, politicians and church dignitaries. In 1868, Maria von Mörl passed away.
Maria von Mörl gave her birthplace a plot of land to build a new cemetery: Kaltern’s current cemetery.