I can do everything in Him who gives me strength
Emilie Slavomíra Měřičková was born on 17 November 1930 in Svatá Sidonie in the White Carpathians, as the youngest of three siblings. She trained as a ladies‘ and children‘s tailor at the Women‘s Vocational School in Bojkovice, which was operated by Dominican nuns. This experience led her to devote her life to Christ in their religious order. While the Communists rose to power in 1948, the witness entered the Dominican convent in Olomouc-Řepčín. In May 1950 she was sent to Bojkovice, where she cared for toddlers and orphans; on 27 September 1950 she witnessed the infamous night raid on Czechoslovak convents. The Communists forcibly evicted the nuns and deported them to the other end of the country, to Bohosudov. They were under constant surveillance in Bohosudov and were forced to work in the Vrchoslavy Screw Mill. In June 1951 she and other nuns were moved to Varnsdorf, where she had to work in a stockings factory. In February 1952 she was sent from Varnsdorf to Dolní Lánov; from there she commuted to the Texlen plant in Horní Staré Město near Trutnov and later to Maršov 4. After about six months the witness was transferred to Svobodov nad Úpou and then to Broumov, where she baked sacramental bread (hosts) for a year and a half. She was moved again from Broumov to Buchlovice, where she spent over twenty years as a nurse at a care home. In the meantime she completed a medical school in Uherské Hradiště. In January 1981 she was sent to Kadaň, where she witnessed an extensive house raid due to „illegal pamphlets“ and an alleged trove of gold in a bathtub. Sister Slavomíra was interrogated and led around courts for several years. In February 1987 she was sent back to Broumov and then to Valašské Meziříčí for six months. In November 1989 she attended the canonisation of Agnes of Bohemia in Rome. In August 1990 she and other nuns returned to Bojkovice to reopen the school for girls. In January 1993 she moved to Brno, where she and her fellow sisters would go pray the Morning Office (Lauds) at Radio Proglas. In 1992-2004 she served as the Superior General of the whole Czech Congregation of Dominican Sisters. In 2008 she moved to Prague.