The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Pioneer woman of the Reformation

1999 marks the 500th anniversary of Katie Luther's birth

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Katharina von Bora Luther's birth (Jan. 29, 1499). In the absence of her memoirs or even letters, we know her mainly through Luther's writings. There we find no shortage of endearments and descriptions of Katharina, or Katie.

A courageous woman of character and a risk-taker, Katharina von Bora proved a worthy match to Martin Luther. As Luther's partner and manager of their famous parsonage, this pioneer woman contributed mightily to the Reformation.

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