Johann Fabri

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Johann Fabri. Detail of the epitaph in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna

Johann Fabri , also Johann (Johannes) Faber (* 1478 in Leutkirch im Allgäu ; † May 21, 1541 in Baden near Vienna ) was a humanist and Catholic bishop of the diocese of Vienna .


Johann Fabri was actually called Johann (Johannes) Heigerlin . Since his father was a blacksmith, he called himself Faber or Fabri . He completed his studies in theology and law in Tübingen and Freiburg with a doctorate. He was in contact with the humanist Erasmus von Rotterdam .

Around 1510 Fabri was a preacher in Lindau , 1513 official in Basel , 1514 pastor in Leutkirch and from 1517 vicar general of Konstanz . From 1523 he was a diplomat and advisor to the future Emperor Ferdinand I ; In 1524 he became coadjutor of Bishop Theoderich Kammerer in the diocese of Wiener Neustadt . In 1529 he received the provost of furnace . He later became a prominent defender of the Catholic Church in Germany against the reformers Zwingli and Luther . In 1523 he published the "Ketzerhammer".

In 1529 Johann Fabri traveled to England on behalf of Emperor Charles V to receive support from Henry VIII in the fight against the Turks . In 1530 he was a member of the commission to review the Confessio Augustana .

In 1530 he became Bishop of Vienna; he worked there as an avid preacher and wrote numerous polemical writings. In 1539/40 he founded the St. Nikolaus Student Convict in Vienna ( Collegium trilingue ). In 1538 he appointed Friedrich Nausea as coadjutor, who later succeeded him as bishop.

In 1894 Heigerleinstrasse in Vienna- Ottakring (16th district) and Hernals (17th district) were named after him, as was Bischof-Faber-Platz in Gersthof in Vienna's 18th district of Währing .

Works (excerpt)

  • Constantiensis in spiritualibus vicarii opus adversus nova quaedam et a Christiana religione prorsus aliena dogmata Martini Lutheri , Rome 1522, Leipzig 1523, Cologne 1524 as Malleus in haeresim Lutheranam link
  • Opera . 3 volumes. Cologne 1537-41


Web links

Commons : Johann Fabri  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. Ulrike Denk: Private scholarship foundations at the University of Vienna . In: Mitteilungen der Österreichische Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsgeschichte 20 (2000) pp. 163–180, there 168–171.
predecessor Office successor
Johann von Revellis Bishop of Vienna
Friedrich Nausea
Theoderich Kammerer Coadjutor of Wiener Neustadt
Gregor Angerer