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Welcome to Kanaan



About our community

God is both King and Creator who says, “Let there be …” He rebuilds our ruined lives into something entirely new.

These words are a fitting description of the early days of our sisterhood in 1947. Dr.Klara Schlink (later known as Mother Basilea, 1904-2001) and Erika Madauss (Mother Martyria, 1904-1999) left their professions and secure positions and moved to Darmstadt where God had called them to begin a new ministry.

When the city was totally destroyed by an air raid in 1944 the group of young women under their leadership were suddenly faced by the reality of death and eternity. In view of God’s holiness unconfessed sins were brought to light and repented of and gratitude for His forgiveness made way for hearts filled with love for Jesus and a desire to live in community to serve Him. The Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary began a few years later.

Visiting Kanaan

We warmly invite you to spend a day at Kanaan, to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to encounter God afresh.

If you are interested in the history of our Sisterhood and have questions about our daily life, you may join us for a guided tour after the Sunday worship Service.

For love of God

"Do you love Me?" - Jesus' question, with which everything began...

Kanaan Franciscan Brothers

Since 1967 there is also a small brotherhood

Our story

New life out of the rubble

Into all the world

God has called us from 19 nations and sent us out to different nations....
What's new at Kanaan?
28. Mai 2024

Summer program at Kanaan for young adults

Do you long to ... love Jesus more? To trust your Father in heaven completely? For a life of reconciliation and healed relationships? Then the Canaan team is something for...



More information about upcoming events


"Spoken word - Poetry" & short messages on the current situation

Words for the Heart

"Words for the Heart" are a collection of short texts from Mother Basilea Schlink that have brought practical help and blessing to thousands for many years since they were first penned. Click on the link for your personal word.

Short Prayer
In the Motherhouse Chapel
at 3pm every day.


Prayer means: talking to Jesus about everything that occupies us from morning till night.

- MB

Say to God in your distress:
My Father, I do not understand You,
but I trust in Your love.

- MB

JESUS has been given all power in heaven and on earth.
When we call upon Him, He helps us.
Then He also masters our fear.

- MB

Our daily greetings are now available as an app!

Simply download the app "Father of comfort“ from the Google Playstore and regularly receive your personal daily greeting directly to your Android smartphone.

Or, order the book, "Father of Comfort" from our publishing house. 


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