Monday, January 2, 2012

Wilhelm Loehe, Pastor

Commemoration of J.K. Wilhelm Loehe, Pastor
Ninth Day of Christmas
January 2, 2012

The Lord be with you

Today is the Commemoration of J.K. Wilhelm Loehe, Pastor. This is another new commemoration on the LC-MS calendar. Although he never left Germany, Johann Konrad Wilhelm Loehe, born in Fuerth in 1808, had a profound impact on the development of Lutheranism in North America. Serving as pastor in the Bavarian village of Neuendettelsau, he recognized the need for workers in developing lands and assisted in training emergency helpers to be sent as missionary pastors to North America, Brazil, and Australia. A number of the men he sent to the United States became founders of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. (There were three major contributing groups, the Saxons, the Loehe men, and some Lutherans in Texas.) Through Loehe’s financial support, a theological school in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a teachers’ institute in Saginaw, Michigan, were established. Loehe was known for his confessional integrity and his interest in liturgy and catechetics. His devotion to works of Christian charity led to the establishment of a deaconess training house and homes for the aged.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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