Monastery in the Au (Trachslau)

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Au women's monastery

The monastery in the Au , often just called the Au women's monastery , is a Benedictine monastery in the Trachslau district in the municipality of Einsiedeln in the canton of Schwyz . In January 2017, 13 sisters lived in the Au monastery and they chose Sister Annemarie Holdener as their prioress. The monastery belongs to the Swiss Benedictine Federation.


The origins of the monastery lie in four forest nurses' houses, which were mentioned in a document around 1359 in the Alpthal . Around 1400 the monastery community consisted of about 40 sisters. In 1535, the three houses that existed during the Reformation were merged at their current location.

Under the influence of the abbot of Einsiedeln Augustin Hofmann , the sisters adopted the rules of St. Benedict in 1617 .

The first church in the Au was begun in 1600, the monastery followed in 1619. With the adoption of stricter cloister regulations in 1683 an inn wing became necessary. Only a year later the monastery burned down almost completely. After the reconstruction, the monastery complex remained unchanged until 1881 when the church was rebuilt. Today's monastery church was built in 1972 by Hansueli Steinmann.

Coming from here, Sabina Schneider founded the Marienburg monastery (Ofteringen) in 1862 together with three other sisters .

The Roman decree of 1984 granted the monastery the status of an abbey.


  • Margrit Rosa Schmid: Women's monastery in the Au near Einsiedeln: Benedictine convent with perpetual adoration . Publishing house Frauenkloster in der Au near Einsiedeln, Trachslau / Einsiedeln 2005.

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Individual evidence

  1. A hermit heads the women's monastery. Einsiedler Anzeiger, January 30, 2017, accessed February 15, 2017 .

Coordinates: 47 ° 6 '32.8 "  N , 8 ° 43' 32.9"  E ; CH1903:  six hundred and ninety-seven thousand six hundred and ninety-five  /  two hundred and eighteen thousand three hundred and sixty-eight