Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Commemoration of Wilhelm Loehe, Pastor

Today we remember and give thanks for J. K. Wilhelm Loehe, Pastor. 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. Through his financial support, a theological school was established in Fort Wayne, Ind., and a teachers' institute in Saginaw, Mich. Loehe was known for his confessional integrity and his interest in liturgy and catechesis. His devotion to works of Christian charity led to the establishment of a deaconess training house and homes for the aged.

Collect of the Day
Heavenly Father, Shepherd of your people, we thank you for your servant Wilhelm, who was faithful in the care and nurturing of your flock; and we pray that, following his example and the teaching of his life, we may by your grace grow into the stature of the fullness of our Lord; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


  1. I was privileged to tour the museum of the home of Rev. Wilhelm Loehe in 2006. My Mother's Family was from Ansbach which is next to Neuendettelsau. I did my thesis paper to complete my training at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary on Pastor Ferdinand Sievers, whom Pastor Loehe sent over with my Great great grandmother and her first husband and 12 other couples to found St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Frankenlust, Michigan.