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.