Pius Keller

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Pius Keller

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.

List of signatures in support of the beatification of Pius Keller in the Augustinian monastery in Münnerstadt

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 .