Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst was born on 17 August 1794 in Kupferzell, near Waldenburg to Charles Albert II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst and his second wife, Hungarian Baroness Judith Reviczky of Revišné .
Alexander’s early education was entrusted to the church and ex-Jesuit Rid. He then entered the Theresianum at Vienna in 1804, in 1808 the academy at Bern, in 1810 the archiepiscopal seminary at Vienna, and also studied at Tyrnau and Ellwangen respectively. He was ordained priest on 16 September 1815 and immediately devoted himself to caring for souls at Stuttgart, and then Munich. The following year he went to Rome where he entered the society of the Fathers of the Sacred Heart. While in Rome, he had little difficulty justifying himself against the accusations of administering the sacraments in the German language and belonging to the Bible Society.
After a pilgrimage to Loreto, Alexander returned to Munich on 23 March 1817. On 8 June of that same year, he was made ecclesiastical councilor, and, in 1821, canon of Bamberg. And it was about this time that numerous miracle cures began which are alleged to have been affected through his prayers. On 1 February 1821, he was suddenly cured at Hassfurt of severe pain in the throat due to the prayers of a devout peasant named Martin Michel. His belief in the efficacy of prayer was greatly strengthened by this cure, and on 21 June 1821, Alexander succeeded in curing Princess Mathilda von Schwarzenberg, who had been a paralytic for eight years, by his prayers which he joined with those of Martin Michel. Immediately he acquired such fame as a performer of miraculous cures that crowds from several countries flocked to partake of the beneficial influence of his alledged supernatural gifts. He asked the pope if he was permitted to attempt similar cures in the future, he was told not to attempt any more public cures, but he continued them in private.
Alexander would specify his prayer time to those who sought him…
Alexander would specify his prayer time to those who sought him and in this manner, numerous cures were wrought, not only on the Continent, but also in England, Ireland, and the United States. There are two cases worth mentioning; the case of Mrs. Ann Mattingly of Washington, D. C., who was said to have been cured of a tumor through his prayers on 10 March 1824, and on 16 March 1893 he responded to a plea from a nun, Ms. O’Connor, in England, who had suffered from swelling in one arm and hand that doctors were unable to cure. The Prince directed her to make confession on 3 May (a Roman Catholic feast for St. James the Less) at eight o’clock in the morning, partake of the Sacrament, and offer up fervent prayers. He promised to pray at the same time. The nun’s pains immediately left when she followed his instructions, and she fully recovered.
Alexander went to Vienna in 1821 and then to Hungary, where he became a canon of Grosswardein and in 1844 titular Bishop of Sardica. In 1849, he died at Vöslau near Vienna. He is the author of four volumes of sermons and ascetical treatises most of which were collected and published by S. Brunner (Ratisbon, 1851). His method of curing the sick was continued after his death by his friend and disciple Joseph Forster, pastor of Hüttenheim, who died in 1875.
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