Abbess Johanna Mayer OSB was born on 24.4.1953 in Linz on the Danube, Austria. After attending grammar school in Linz and studying German and English at the University of Salzburg, she worked for ten years as a teacher at the higher boarding school of the federal castle Traunsee, Gmunden.
She joined our abbey in 1991 and was elected by the Convention on May 20, 2006 as the 56th abbess of our community.
The consecration was carried out by Cardinal Friedrich Wetter, the archbishop of the Diocese of Munich and Freising on 2.7.2006.
Der Wahlspruch von Äbtissin Johanna lautet: "Gott ist die Liebe." (Deus caritas est.)
It is taken from the first letter of John:
"God is love, and who in love abides in God, and God abides in him."
The abbess's coat of arms shows three symbols:
the cross for the faith -
the star for hope -
and the heart for love -
The abbess's emblems are staff, pectoral (pectoral cross), and ring.
The staff points to one of the most memorable images of the Bible: God, the good shepherd of his people. This pastoral care of God for His own is the principal task of the Abbess.
The three symbols in the coat of arms - cross, heart, star - the artist from the goldsmiths of the European monastery Gut Aich tried to implement in the personal pectoral cross and in the ring of Mother Johanna.
Both service marks consist of a cross (with ring in accordance with the Benediktuskreuz) with a ruby (the heart!) As center. If a ray of light falls on the middle, it becomes clear that it is a star ruby. Hit by the light, the star lights up (= symbol of hope).
St. Benedict speaks to us in his Rule: „Behold, in his goodness, the Lord shows us the way to life." (Prol. 20). In faith, in hope, and in love we want to go that way, so that life succeeds.
Johanna Mayer OSB
House No. 50