Priests and Preachers

In former times, if a wealthy peasant had more than a son who should take over his farm after his death, they sent the second one to a higher level school to study theology and to become a priest. Thus, they always had direct theological assistance and a bonus for their afterlife – they thought.

Likely, this also happened to Johann Baptist Hutsteiner who studied at the Lyceum in Passau around 1835 and got his catholic consecration on 13.8.1852. He became first ‘Cooperator’ (preacher) in the cathedral of Passau, around 1860 in the parish of Fürstenzell and in 1870 in Haardorf (Osterhofen). Finally, in 1874, he became priest in Gottsdorf (a neighbouring village to his home Wegscheid) where he died in 1889.


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