Abbess Johanna Mayer - since 2006

Abbess Johanna Mayer OSB

Born in Linz, Upper Austria, in 1953. After attending grammar school in Linz and studying German and English she taught for 10 years at the Höheren Internatsschule des Bundesschloss in Altmünster, Traunsee. She entered the Convent of the Benedictine Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Steinerkirchen in 1987, and moved to Frauenchiemsee in 1991. She took her final vows in 1999. Worked in the bookstore of our monastery shop. Courses and individual guidance for religious seekers.

On 20th May 2006 elected as the 56th abbess in the lineage of Blessed Irmengard. Cardinal Friedrich Wetter, the then Archbishop of the Diocese Munich-Freising, officiated at the ordination on 2.7.2006. .

Mother Johanna’s motto is:

"God is love” (Deus caritas est)


The motto is taken from the First Epistle of John:

"“God is love; and he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth in him.”  (1Joh 4,16b)

The abbess’s coat of arms contains three symbols:



- the cross for belief,

- the star for hope

- and the heart for love. 

The abbess’s badges of office are the staff, the pectorale and the ring. 

The staff alludes to one of the most memorable images in the Bible: God, the Good Shepherd of His people. This caring for one’s flock is the noblest duty of the Abbess.

The three symbols within the coat of arms - the cross, the heart, and the star -

were worked into the design of Mother Johanna’s personal pectorale and ring by the goldsmiths of the Europaklosters Gut Aich

Both badges of office consist of a cross with a star ruby (the heart!) in the centre. When caught by the light, the star, a symbol of hope, shines.

Saint Benedict tells us in his Rule: „See, in His loving kindness, the Lord showeth us the way of life.” (Prologue, 20)

In faith, hope and love let us follow this path so that our lives may be fulfilled.



Frau Äbtissin

Johanna Mayer OSB

Abtei Frauenwörth

Haus Nr. 50

83256 Frauenchiemsee


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