Our credo is to help. In accordance with Heinrich Findelkind the founder’s motto from 1386, „how good and pleasant it is to be at peace with brothers“, the Brotherhood tries to help wherever it can.
„The swineherd’s initiative: that was the beginning. The initiative for this aid organization did not come from an emperor or king, nor from any prince or wealthy nobility or bishop. In the beginning there was only a nobody of society, an outsider, an orphan. And it is this signal from the depths, this simple desire to help, without support from power and possessions, without thought of career, advantage or image, this is what is fascinating. Even a civil community with heart still needs actions and movements of sympathy and of help that come from below. The swineherd’s initiative is always stil needed.“
Former Bishop of Tyrol and past President of the Brotherhood, Dr. Reinhold Stecher, on the occasion of the 625th celebration of the Brotherhood in July 2011.