Frederick George Holweck

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Frederick George Holweck (born Friedrich Georg Holweck; 1856–1927) was a German-American Roman Catholic priest and scholar, hagiographer and church historian.


He was a priest in St. Louis, from 1889 to 1892 as assistant pastor at the St. Francis de Sales Church,[1][2] and from 1892 to 1903 as pastor at the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, in a temporary structure, for a mostly German congregation.[3][4][5] He returned to the St. Francis de Sales Church in 1903 as pastor, in a time of reconstruction after the damage by the tornado of 1896.[6][7] The church was completed in 1908.[8]

His 1892 Freiburg dissertation collected 940 Marian feasts and customs.[9] He supported the St Louis Catholic Historical Society, as an original researcher into the local history of the diocese and in other fields.[10] His manuscripts are held by Saint Louis University.[11]

At the end of his life he was honored with the title Monsignor,[12] and appointment as domestic prelate to the Pope.


  • Fasti Mariani sive Calendarium Festorum Sancte.Mariae Virginis Deiparae Mcmoriis Historicis Illustratum. Auctore F. G. Holweck (Archdiocese of St. Louis) Freiburg im Breisgau: Herder, 1892. (Googlebook in Latin original) Reviewed critically in
- UK Jesuit periodical This Month Vol 76 October 1892 and another contemporary
- US periodical American Ecclesiastical Review, Volume
  • Historical archives of the Archdiocese of St. Louis (1918)
  • A Biographical Dictionary of the Saints (1924)
  • The seal of confession;: A drama in five acts. Adapted from Father Spillman's story " A victim to the seal of confession." (1924)
  • Calendarium liturgicum festorum dei et dei matris Mariae (1925), edition of the Fasti Mariani


  1. ^ "Catholic Priests of St. Louis, Mo., H-I, from 1870–1900 City Directories". Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY: PREMIER LIBRARY SOURCES: 200 Years of St. Louis Places of Worship – 1770 – 1970". Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "History". Thehillstl.Com. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Early (pre 1900) St. Louis Places of Worship". Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "About § St. Francis de Sales Oratory, St. Louis Latin Mass". 26 November 1908. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  8. ^ [3][dead link]
  9. ^ John Francis Baldovin, Maxwell E. Johnson, Between Memory and Hope (2000), p. 400.
  10. ^ John Paul Cadden, The Historiography of the American Catholic Church, 1785–1943 (1978), p. 110.
  11. ^ [4][dead link]
  12. ^ "Dogtown History of Cheltenham and St. James Parish by P.J. O'Connor". Retrieved 19 October 2011.