complete timeline of adrienne von speyr

1902

September 20 -- Born at Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland [CH]

1905

Birth of her brother, Wilhelm

1908

Fall -- Begins Kleinkinderschule, La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH

1908

December 24 -- Mystical encounter with St. Ignatius of Loyola, La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH

1910

Spring -- Begins Primarschule, La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH

1911

Holy Week -- Visions during Holy Week while on vacation with uncle

Later in the Year -- Contracts scarlet fever; begins to have severe back pain from spondylitis; sent to relatives, Waldau, CH

1913

Birth of her brother, Theodor

December 25 -- Death of her grandmother

1914

Spring -- Begins Progymnasium, La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH

1916

Spring -- Attends Obere Mädchenschule, La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH

1917

Spring -- Attends Gymnasium, La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH November -- Vision of the Mother of God; receives small wound above her heart

1918

February 9 -- Death of her father, La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH

1918

Summer -- Contracts tuberculosis; sent to Sanatorium, Langenbruck, CH

1918

October -- Sent to tuberculosis hospital, Leysin, CH for about two years; enters a Catholic chapel for the first time

1920

Winter -- Sent to Saint-Loup, CH; begins nursing classes

1921

Earlier in the Year -- Collapses again from tuberculosis; sent to relatives, Waldau, CH August -- Recovers from tuberculosis; begins Gymnasium, Basel, CH

1923

Spring -- Begins medical school, Basel, CH

1924

Summer -- Takes long bike tour during summer break

1927

Summer -- Meets Emil Dürr during vacation in San Bernardino, CH September -- Marries Emil Dürr, who has two small sons from previous marriage

1928

Completes state medical exams

1931

April 15 -- Opens medical practice near Mittlere Brücke over the Rhine, Basel, CH

1933

April -- Contracts pneumonia

1934

Sudden death of her husband Emil Dürr

1936

Marries Werner Kaegi, Basel, CH

1940

Spring -- Has severe heart attack April -- Meets Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988), Basel, CH November 1 -- Converts to Catholicism on Feast of All Saints and receives Baptism; a few weeks later receives Confirmation

1941

Spring -- Vision of Angel who says to her, “Now it will soon begin” Holy Week -- Experiences the first of the “Passions” during Holy Week, especially on Holy Saturday

1942

Earlier in the Year -- Vision of a bright white light and hears a voice say, “You will live in heaven and on earth” Holy Week -- Receives exterior stigmatization

1944

May -- Begins formal dictation of her commentary on the Gospel of John December 8 -- Meets and prays with some women students interested in her idea of a new secular institute, Johannesgemeinschaft (Community of St. John)

1945

August 9 -- Co-founds the secular institute, Johannesgemeinschaft, with Hans Urs von Balthasar; vision of the Apocalypse, Estavayer-le-Lac, CH

1947-1949

Publishes a collection of her letters, Christiane: Briefe über Liebe und Ehe; publishes her book, Die Magd des Herrn and her four volume commentary on the Gospel of John; dictates her two volume work Das Wort und die Mystik, published posthumously

1950

August -- Dictates her commentary on Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, Kerns, CH

1950s

Progressive physical exhaustion

1953

Written or dictated, by this time, about 60 books

1954

Ends her medical practice because of her declining health

1964

Almost looses her sight

1967

September 17 -- Dies on the Feast of St. Hildegard von Bingen, Basel, CH September 20 -- Buried on her sixty-fifth birthday, Basel, CH