Born in Braunschweig in 1904, Klara Schlink moved with her family to Darmstadt in 1921, where her father was appointed professor at the university. At the age of 18, she found Jesus and gave her life to Him. For training and studies she spent some years in Kassel, Berlin, in the Bible House Malche and finally in Hamburg.
In 1935, Klara Schlink and Erika Madauss returned to Darmstadt in response to a call from God. Twelve dark, challenging years followed - all plans fell through. The girls' Bible study group, whose leadership was entrusted to them, grew in spite of the political situation, but the actual task did not materialize. In this apparent senselessness, however, something decisive happened inwardly - as preparation for the founding of the Sisterhood of Mary.
Mother Basilea reported about it (original sound, from a BBC/ZDF report from 1963):