have special intuitions", wrote Father Stanggassinger.
That which is important for me, who am not a saint,
are the simple eternal truths: the Incarnation,
the Redemption and the Holy Eucharist".
Kaspar Stanggassinger, born in 1871 in Berchtesgaden,
in southern Germany was the second of 16 children.
His father, a man respected by all, was a farmer
and owned a stone quarry.
From his youth he had a growing desire to become
a priest. In those early years Kaspar played at
being a priest and "preached" short sermons to
his brothers and sisters and used to lead them
in procession to a chapel among the mountains
near his home.
When he was ten years old he went to Freising
to continue his schooling.He found the studies
rather difficult. His father told him that if
he did not pass his exams he would have to leave
school. With a strong will, remarkable dedication
and fidelity to prayer, he steadily made progress.
In the years that followed he began, during vacation,
to gather groups of boys around himself to encourage
them in the Christian life, to form a community
among them and to organize their free time. Every
day the group went to Mass, took a walk or went
on a pilgrimage. Kaspar's dedication to them was
admirable and extended even to risking his life
to save one boy in danger when mountain climbing.
He entered the diocesan seminary of Munich and
Freising in 1890 to begin his study of theology.
The better to discern the will of God he voluntarily
followed a rigorous prayer schedule. Very soon
it was clear to him that the Lord was calling
him to live his vocation in as a religious. In
fact, after a visit to the Redemptorists, he was
inspired to follow their vocation as missionary.
In spite of his father's opposition he entered
the Redemptorist novitiate at Gars in 1892 and
was ordained a priest in Regensburg in 1895. Kaspar
Stanggassinger had entered the Congregation of
the Most Holy Redeemer with the intention of being
a missionary. However, he was appointed by his
superiors to form future missionaries as vice-director
of the minor seminary of Durrnberg, near Hallein.
He dedicated himself completely to this responsibility.
As a religious he had made a vow of obedience
and lived it in a very clear and consistent manner.
Each week he spent 28 hours teaching in the classroom
and yet was always available to the boys. On Sundays
he never failed to offer his help at the churches
in the neighboring villages, especially by preaching.
Even with such a schedule of work he was always
patient and understanding with the needs of others,
particularly the students who saw in him more
a friend than a superior. Although the rules of
formation at that time were very strict, Kaspar
never acted harshly, and anytime he had the impression
that he had wronged someone he immediately apologized
Deeply devoted to Jesus in the Eucharist, he invited
the boys and the faithful to whom he preached
to have recourse to the Blessed Sacrament in times
of need and anxiety. He encouraged them to go
to Christ whether to adore Him or to speak with
Him as a friend. His preaching was a constant
reminder to the faithful to take the christian
life seriously, growing in faith by means of prayer
and continual conversion. His style was direct
and appealing, without threats of punishment as
was common in the preaching of that time.
In 1899 the Redemptorist opened a new seminary
in Gars. Father Stanggassinger was transferred
there as director. He was 28 years old. He only
had time to preach one retreat to the students
and to participate in the opening of the school
On September 26 his earthly journey ended because
The Cause of his Beatification began, in 1935,
with the transferring of the body into the side-chapel
of the Church of Gars.
On 24 April 1988 he was proclaimed 'Blessed' by
the Holy Father, John Paul II.