Carmelite Chronicles
Andrew Stoss, Provincial at The Nürnberg Colloquy

September 20, 2012 |

Andrew, son of the famous sculptor, Veit Stoss, was born around 1477 in Nürnberg and entered the Order there. When the office of prior of the convent of Nürnberg fell vacant in 1520, Stoss, proposed by the senate (Rat), was duly elected by the community. By this time, the city was definitely inclining toward the doctrines of the Wittenberg friar.
The senate was determined to put an end to the opposition of the friars to Lutheranism. The friars were eventually constrained to agree to “a friendly colloquy,” which took the form of a solemn session of the senate under the chairmanship of Christopher Scheurl. Stoss objected that Scheurl required nothing less than the abandonment of tradition as a source of doctrine and of canon law as a norm of conduct.

The wrath of the senate was not long in making itself felt. The friars of the three Catholic orders were forbidden to preach or hear confessions. The Dominican and Franciscan nunneries were assigned evangelical chaplains, but the superior of the latter, Charity Pirkheimer, Willibald’s sister, a cultured woman in the finest humanistic tradition, stood fast in the Catholic faith. Stoss was given three days to leave town. Not long after, the remaining Carmelite community turned the convent over to the city.

From The Mirror of Carmel by Joachim Smet, O. Carm.

Fr. Joachim Smet O.Carm.
Fr. Joachim Smet, O.Carm. (1915-2011) was one of the leading historians of the Carmelite Order. In addition to being a founding member and President of the Institutum Carmelitanum in Rome and editor of Carmelus, a journal of Carmelite Studies, Fr. Joachim was a gifted writer. he is well-known for his four-volume work The Carmelites and his Life of Saint Peter Thomas. Among his other works: Familiar Matter of Today-Poems (2007), The Mirror of Carmel: A Brief History of the Carmelite Order, (2011), various publications on Carmelite Nuns, Carmelite Liturgy, Carmelite Libraries of Spain and Portugal and the Carmelites of Medieval England.
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