Cronology of the Wieskirche

Chronology of the Wies Church
1732 The figure of the Scourged Saviour was carried in Steingaden in the Good Friday procession.
1735 Because of its pitiful appearance the statue was put away in the monastery's attic,
and no longer carried in the procession.
1738 The Scourged Saviour is removed to the farmhouse of Maria Lori in the Wies.
On June 14th Maria Lori and her husband see tears in the eyes of the Scourged Saviour.
1739-40 As prayers to the Scourged Saviour were answered and the number of pilgrimages has increased, a small chapel was built.
1745-54 Dominikus Zimmermann built the pilgrimage church in the Wies.
1803-04 Because of the Secularization; the Wies Church was to be auctioned for subsequent demolition.
1811-30 The Church, through petitions and personal sacrifice of the local farmers, was saved.
1946-78 Under the Prelate Alfons Satzger the pilgrimage was encouraged, the liturgy made more festive, and in the countryside near the church, an educational center, the "Landvolkshochschule Wies", was founded.
1983 Bishop Josef Stimpfle of Augsburg revived the "Bruderschaft zum Gegeißelten Heiland auf der Wies" (Brotherhood of the Scourged Saviour in the Wies).
1985-91 The church was extensively renovated, after an elaborate analysis of its condition was made. Detailed measurements and extensive documentation to accompany the various stages of the renovation were prepared. The concept of a strict restoration which sought to restore the church as nearly as possible to its original 18th Century appearance, was reached in almost all cases. (The total restoration cost: 10.6 million Deutsch Marks).
1991 The church war reopened on May 5th.
The Wies Church remains full of life through some 200 pilgrimage groups per year, the festive worship services and the encouragement of art, as, for exemple, through the many church concerts.


History of Steingaden Abbey
Das Kloster Steingaden


Norbert von Xanten founded the Order of the Premonstratensians in 1120, also known as Norbertines or "White Canons". This order quickly spread throughout Europe. Thus, Duke Welf VI donated a Premonstratensian Abbey in Steingaden in 1147, which was settled by the Premonstratensian Canons of Rot an der Rot. The Abbey in Steingaden has undergone a colorful history. In the Peasant’s War in 1525, it was set on fire and in the Thirty Years' War almost completely destroyed, but it was rebuilt again and again. In the secularization in 1803 the Abbey was dissolved by the Elector of Bavaria.

Around the year 1730 Abbot Hyazinth Gassner had a sculpture made of the scourging of Jesus for the annual Good Friday procession. Two canons added parts of old figures to form a new one. This representation of the Scourged Savior was carried in the procession for only three years. Later the farmer Maria Lory requested this simple figure. On 4th May 1738, she took the statue from Steingaden Abbey to her farm and put it in the bedroom.