Catholic Encyclopedia – Francis Xavier Weninger

Father Francis Xavier WeningerArticle

Jesuit missionary and author, born at Wildhaus, Styria, Austria, 31 October 1805; died at Cincinnati, Ohio, 29 June 1888. When already a priest and doctor of theology, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1832 and in 1841 was sent to Innsbruck, where he taught theology, history, and Hebrew. As the Revolution of 1848 impeded his further usefulness at home, he left Europe and went to the United States. During his forty years he visited almost every state of the Union, preaching to vast multitudes in English, French, or German, as best suited the nationality of his hearers. In the year 1854 alone he delivered nearly a thousand sermons, and in 1864 he preached about forty-five missions. His zeal also prompted Father Weninger to win souls with the pen and he published forty works in German, Sixteen in English, eight in French, three in Latin. Among his principal works are:

  • Manual of the Catholic Religion (Ratisbon, 1858)
  • Easter in Heaven (1863)
  • Protestantism and Infidelity. An Appeal to Candid Americans (1861, 1864)
  • On the Apostolical and Infallible Authority of the Pope, When Teaching the Faithful, and on his Relation to a General Council (1868)
  • Photographic Views: or, Religious and Moral Truths Reflected in the Universe (1873)
  • Reply to Hon. R.W. Thompson, Secretary of the Navy, Addressed to the American People (1877)
  • Lives of the Saints, With a Practical Instruction on the Life of each Saint, for Every day in Year, v.2 (1877)
  • Original, Short and Practical Sermons for Every Sunday of the Ecclesiastical Year (1881)

MLA Citation

  • A Cotter. “Francis Xavier Weninger”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 March 2018. Web. 19 July 2018. <>