Kirchheim
Community ID
 
2557
 
Alternate Names
 
Kirchheim am Ries
 
Diocese
 
Augsburg
 
Modern Location
 
Ostalbkreis
 
Dedication
 
Blessed Virgin Mary
 
Date Founded
 
1267
 
Date Terminated
 
1803
 
Religious Order
 
Cistercian
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Notable Heads
 

Circa 1450 the house was reformed when the abbess, Magdalena von Oettingen (1446-1496) was converted by the preaching of Father Peter Karoli, the confessor of Maihingen. Deciding to join the Observant movement, she was instrumental in getting her community to join the Observant reform. There was strong opposition to this within the community. Abbess Magdalena also became involved in the dispute between the convent of Maihingen and Count Ludwig XIII of Oettingen. She wrote a reprimand to the count for taking the convent of Maihingen's horse, correctly predicting that he would fall from his horse as punishment from Saint Brigit.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Many of the literary works possessed by this convent are still extant; they are housed in a variety of archives. An account of the confessor of Maihingen's involvement in the reform of the community appears in a manuscript in Augsburg. Augsburg, Staatsarchiv, MS Kloster Maria Maihingen MuB I.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

The community accepted the Observant reform, despite much internal opposition to this, largely due to the influence of their abbess, Magdalena von Oettingen (1446-1496). Particular emphasis was placed upon the harm which the possession of property could pose to religious women by the preacher, Peter Karoli, confessor in Maihingen, who instructed the abbess in the reform. Many nuns left the house as a result of this reform.

 
Admin. Notes
 

Kramer has 3 pages of mss holdings that need to be entered when the monasticon is able to hold lg. files. Further research necessary

 
Contributors
 
June Mecham
 
Contributors Notes
 

Many of the extant manuscripts from this community indicate women as their owners.

 
Date Started
 
1267
 
Date Finished
 
1803
 
Length
 
425