VERY REV. BRO. PAULUS MORITZ, CMSF Founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Brothers of St. Francis of Assisi
Born on 29th June 1869 in Koengsberg, East Prussia of Jewish parents, Brother Paulus became a Catholic during his time of studies. He was one of the first followers and an enthusiastic disciple of Fr. Anthony Maria Bodewig, a Jesuit Priest. He was studying at the University of Bonn when he and his friend Nicholas Hohn of Cologne were so much taken up by the fiery speeches of Fr.Bodewig, who expounded the need of missionaries for India, he felt God wanted him to go to India as a missionary. Later on helping Fr. Bodewig in the propaganda work with lecturing in Germany, Brother Paulus Moritz came to India with the second batch of Volunteers in 1900. Here he took the leading part in founding a Congregation and having it canonically erected by Bishop Crochet of Nagpur in 1901. Incidentally it was the first official act of the Bishop after his consecration. He appointed Bro.Paulus Moritz as the first Superior General of the Congregation of the Missionary Brothers of Saint Francis of Assisi.