Pius Keller (born September 30, 1825 in Ballingshausen , † March 15, 1904 in Münnerstadt ) was a German Augustinian hermit . He is considered a restorer of the Augustinian order in Germany.
Pius Keller grew up as the son of simple farmers in Lower Franconia . Because of his great intellectual talent, the church made it possible for him to attend a higher education. Shortly after his ordination , he entered the Augustinian order in 1849 . In 1853 he was elected prior of the Münnerstadt monastery . For a total of 53 years, Pius Keller performed leadership functions in his order as prior, general commissioner and provincial . Thanks to his commitment, the Bavarian-German Augustinian Province was rebuilt. Within the order he implemented an improvement in monastic discipline.
According to reports from contemporary witnesses, Pius Keller was a gifted preacher with a deep love for sacramental confession and had a reputation for holiness during his lifetime . He died on March 15, 1904 in Münnerstadt and was buried in the monastery church there. The diocese of Würzburg opened the beatification process in January 1934 .
- W. Hümpfner, I. Dietz: Pius Keller. In: Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL). Volume 3, Bautz, Herzberg 1992, ISBN 3-88309-035-2 , Sp. 1320-1321.
- Adolar Zumkeller: Keller, Pius. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 11, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1977, ISBN 3-428-00192-3 , p. 466 ( digitized version ).
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German Augustinian monk|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 30, 1825|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Ballingshausen|
|DATE OF DEATH||March 15, 1904|
|Place of death||Münnerstadt|