The Priest, Father Johannes Loy (approx. 1550 - 1631),
Neukirchen in Bavaria.
edited with the permission of the
authors (Arbeitskreis Geschichte).
counterreformation, when Abbot Hörmann,
(Abbot of the monastary in Weyarn), announced the
monk, Father Johannes Loy, from Tegernsee, to the curate of
Neukirchen in 1582.
This was not a real announcement. It was more or less a
transfer for disciplinary reasons, or perhaps to get rid of him,
because Father Loy was a dedicated moralist and religious.
Father Loy had criticised the conditions in the monastary of Weyarn.
He fled before his announcement, but returned later.
He had criticised Abbot Hörmann, who supported his grandson
at the cost of the monastary. Also the visits of his grandson's children
were well entertained. Meanwhile the monks were served soup, stems,
leaves and milk.
Because Father Loy had a convincing appearance as pastor
in Neukirchen, he had great part in the peaceful and successfully
counterreformation in this area.
During his life, Father Loy, had experienced some quarrels
and problems in his parish - as the later Abbot Valentin Steyrer told in a
letter from 23rd January 1646. It seems that Father Loy refused to bury a Lutheran farmer
in the Catholic Cemetery. At night the friends of the dead man leaned the
corpse on the door of his rectory. The next morning when he opened the
door the stiff corpse fell into his arms.
Another time when he was on the way to say the evening
Mass during the Holy Week, he slipped on peas (covered by shingles) that
the Lutheran offender had poured out in front of the church door. The pea-free
passage for all other church visitors had been blocked when he approached
in the dark and "...the malicious Lutherans shouted for joy".
A memorial stone at the rectory was knocked down again and
again until Father Loy let it be fixed with iron clamps.
A permanent conflict had risen with his superior, Abbot Reiffenstuel (the
second to succede Abbot Hörmann). Father Johannes Loy was
now nearly 70 years old, when he was ordered back to the monastery in
1618. Loy travelled to Munich to hand in a petition at the clerical council in
Freising to release him from his monastic duties.
Instead, the order was given for him to go back to the
monastery where he expected a dungeon punishment because of his disobedience.
To his surprise, Reiffenstuel gave credit to Father Loy for having acted in
reason more than fear of obsession. Father Loy continued to refuse to
participate in the chorus prayers and the secrecy, because he saw himself as
an exposed curate ....
He was working in Neukirchen when he died on 9th December 1631
Many thanks to Mrs. Helen White for her great help