WITH reference to the recent article on Franz JAggerstatter, Mrs Gusty Cotterell writes, "Germany's hidden Saints, are not so solitary, Franz Reinisch was born on Feb 1 1903 in Feldkirch Austria. On Feb 2 his parents consecrated their Son at his baptism to Our Lady. His childhood was spent from 1903-08 in Bozen-BrunneckInnsbruck and he entered the Gymnasium' (Boys Grammar School) in the autumn of 1914 in Hall Tyrol.
Studied law in Innsbruck and Kiel 1922-23 and philosophy in Innsbruck 1923-28 and theology in Brixen (South-Tyrol).
In June 1928 he was ordained a Catholic priest, and entered the Society of the Pallotines in December 1930. In 1934 he came to SchOnstatt, for the first time. A Marian Centre established by a group of students under the spiritual guidance of Fr Joseph Kentenich in 1914, who through prayer and sacrifice with the help of our Lady Mother Thrice Admirable of SchOnstatt lead all men home to God, the Almighty Father. Fr Reinisch became a dedicated SchOnstatt priest.
When in the Dachau Hungersummer of 1942 German, Polish and French priests died through epidemics and disease and being helped to their death by carbolic injections into their veins like my own parish priest, Fr Franz Reinisch gave his life in the same Brandenburg Jail as Franz Jaggerstatter.
He was the only priest in the second World War, to die through the axe of an executioner. His life was terminated on August 21st 1942.
He found it incompatible to give a soldier's oath for Adolf Hitler.
He wrote from his death-cell in Berlin Tegel. "In this town from where the fire of hate and war went out into the world I will become the Fire of love and peace, to light an ocean of flame in the world to illuminate the heart of Jesus and Mary's Love in the world."
His ashes came to rest beside the little Chapel of the now worldwide renown SchOnstatt Movement. There were four graves. Hans Wormer and Max Brunner who gave their life in the first World War as a covenant with our Lady and Albert Eise who died in Dachau on September 3rd 1942 on the feast of Mary the Mother of the Good Shepherd.
The International SchOnstatt Movement which has Sanctuaries of Our Lady in many countries has its original Shrine at SchOnstatt nr Vallendar in the valley and mountains above the Rhine at the confluence of the Mosel near Koblenz.
It is a wonderful peaceful pilgrimage place, a garden of Eden. The beatification process for the founder has been started in Rome. The West German Post office issued a special stamp on May 7 1985 to commemorate the founder's 100th birthday."