Leo Weber (historian)

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Leo Johann Weber SDB (* December 12, 1928 in Gosheim as Johann Weber ; † December 15, 2019 in Benediktbeuern ) was a Roman Catholic religious priest as well as church and art historian .


Leo Weber, the sixth of eight children, was committed to military service after completing an apprenticeship as a painter . After returning from American captivity , he entered the late career seminar of the Salesians Don Bosco in the Swabian monastery of Buxheim in 1947 . From 1949 to 1954 he attended what was then the Benediktbeuern grammar school. In 1952 he took his first religious vows and received the religious name Leo . On 29 June 1961 he received the Papal Basilica of St. Benedict in Benediktbeuern the priesthood . He then worked in youth pastoral care.

In 1969 he was at Georg Schwaiger at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich with a dissertation on church history Veit Adam von Gepeckh , Bishop of Freising, Dr. theol. PhD . In 1983 he was with another dissertation on the renovation of the cathedral at Freising in the years 1621-1630 at Norbert Lieb in art history Dr. phil. PhD. From 1970 he was initially a lecturer and from 1981 professor at the Philosophical-Theological University of Benediktbeuern . In 2000 he was retired ; He was succeeded by Norbert Wolff .

Weber died on December 15, 2019 at the age of 91 as a result of Parkinson's disease in the Benediktbeuern monastery and was buried on December 21, 2019 in the Salesian cemetery.


In addition to the Salesians of Don Bosco, the main research focus of Leo Weber was Christian-Baroque art. He was considered a profound expert on the Benediktbeuern monastery. He was an honorary member of the Association of Bavarian Mountain Rifles . In 2008 he was made an honorary citizen of the Benediktbeuern community for his "exceptional services to Benediktbeuern and the monastery".

Leo Weber wrote numerous church and art historical works.

Fonts (selection)

  • Veit Adam von Gepeckh . Prince-Bishop of Freising, 1618 to 1651. Seitz & Höfling, Munich 1972.
  • The renovation of the cathedral at Freising 1621–1630 with investigations of Hans Krumpper's golden ratio constructions and the high altar painting by Peter Paul Rubens . Don Bosco, Munich 1985, ISBN 3-7698-0541-0 .
  • (Ed.) Vestigia Burana: Traces and testimonies of the Benediktbeuern monastery cultural center. Don Bosco, Munich 1995, ISBN 3-7698-0790-1 .
  • Benediktbeuern Monastery. Monastery and Papal Basilica of St. Benedict. Schnell and Steiner, Regensburg 1974; 11th edition: Benediktbeuern Monastery. With papal basilica and Anastasia chapel. Schnell and Steiner, Regensburg 2001, ISBN 3-7954-4095-5 .
  • Benediktbeuern Monastery: sovereignty, economic and cultural center since the early 8th century in the Pfaffenwinkel. Schnell and Steiner, Regensburg 2003, ISBN 3-7954-1412-1 .
  • Filial church St. Georg Bichl. Schnell and Steiner, Regensburg 2006, ISBN 3-7954-6628-8 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Alois Ostler: Mourning in the Benediktbeuren monastery: A father with humor and edges: Leo Weber is dead. In: Merkur.de . December 16, 2019, accessed December 17, 2019 .
  2. ^ Alois Ostler: Father Leo Weber celebrates his 90th birthday today. In: Merkur.de . December 11, 2018, accessed December 17, 2019 .