Therese Stahlin

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Therese Stahlin
Grave in the Neuendettelsau cemetery

Therese Stählin (born December 22, 1839 in Westheim (Middle Franconia) , † April 23, 1928 ) was a German deaconess and superior of the Neuendettelsau deaconess institution .

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Therese Stählin was the 13th of 14 children of pastor Martin Stählin (1781–1855) and Ida Brack (1796–1885). She spent her childhood in Dinkelsbühl . The talented girl came to live with her aunt in Augsburg at the age of 13 . There, Stählin attended the daughter's school founded by Anna Barbara von Stetten as an external student , which she successfully completed in autumn 1855. As early as November 1, 1855, she went to Neuendettelsau, where she received thorough training in all areas of Diakonie work, including children's schools, nursing, community service and rescue housework. In addition, Stahlin, who received her blessing on April 4, 1857, was still active in the education of girls. At the age of 21, Wilhelm Löhe made her responsible for the Blue School , where young women were trained to be deaconesses. Stählin headed the facility for 20 years, with a short interruption. On April 11, 1883, she was elected superior of the deaconess institution. During her tenure, she worked with a total of five directors.

As Superior, she was primarily responsible for the organization, administration and economy, with their associated areas such as welfare, nursing and teaching. She also took care of the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the deaconesses entrusted to her. At the age of 82, Stählin submitted her resignation. She spent her old age in the after-work house of the deaconess institution. Today one of the old people's and nursing homes of the Diakonie Neuendettelsau bears her name.


  • My soul exalts the Lord. Letters, Vol. I (1854–1883), Neuendettelsau 1957
  • That they may all be one. Letters, Vol. II (1883–1928), Neuendettelsau 1958


  • Manfred Berger : Stahlin, Therese . In: Bautz, Traugott (ed.): Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon , Vol. XXIII., Nordhausen 2004, Sp. 1414–1420
  • Erika Geiger: Therese Stählin (1839-1928). Superior in Wilhelm Löhe's work . In: Peter Zimmerling (ed.): Evangelical pastors. Biographical sketches, texts and programs , Göttingen 2004, pp. 195–211

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  • Biography (Diakonissenanstalt Neuendettelsau)

Individual evidence

  1. Her oldest brother was Adolf von Stählin ; Otto and Wilhelm Stählin were among their nephews : Heinrich Gürsching: Ahnenprobe Stählin , Quatember 1953, pp. 222–224