2013-04-18 / Top News

Life of Katherine Von Bora to be presented April 28 at Peace Lutheran Church


Marlene Zenker Marlene Zenker Marlene Zenker will present the life of Katherine Von Bora Sunday, April 28 at the 10:45 a.m. worship service at Peace Lutheran Church, Linton. A shared meal will follow the worship.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Zenker, dressed in the austere black clothing of the 1500s, will share her knowledge of Katherine and that period in history. Through much research and reading, she developed her biographical presentation of Katherine, Dr. Luther and family.

Although Zenker uses no props other than her vintage clothing, the family Bible and a rocking chair, she holds her audience spellbound. This is a lively story of unusual proportions. Zenker brings laughter, tears, wisdom and wonderment into this unique presentation.

Zenker tells of Von Bora’s life as the wife of the unwitting founder of the Lutheran Church. A spunky young lady born of German nobility, she was educated in a convent and became a nun. Feeling unworthy, she fled the religious life. She grew into a remarkable, loving and industrious woman and was a very supportive partner to Dr. Martin Luther. Katherine is portrayed as a very strong woman in character and faith.

Zenker was born in North Dakota. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Her deceased spouse was the former Bishop Alton Zenker.

Zenker has had many years of experience working with women’s groups, organizing and leading seminars and retreats. She has been a guest speaker at numerous events.

Bishop Al and Marlene Zenker hosted a group to Germany where they followed the route of the Reformation. As a guest lecturer, Marlene covered the material of Katherine Von Bora and the history of other women from that period of the Reformation. It was after that experience she decided to create the historical dramatization of Katherine Von Bora, the wife of Dr. Martin Luther.

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