Alexander Leopold Franz Emmericii
ALEXANDER LEOPOLD FRANZ EMMERICII (1794 - 1849), prince of Holienlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfiirst, priest and reputed miracle-worker, was born at Kupferzell near Waldenburg, 17th August 1794. By his mother, the daughter of an Hungarian nobleman, he was from infancy destined for the church ; and she entrusted the care of his early education to the ex-Jesuit Riel. In 1804 he entered the "Theresianum" at Vienna, in 1808 the academy at Bern, in 1810 the archiepiscopal seminary at Vienna, and afterwards he studied at Tyrnau and Ell wangen. He was ordained priest in 1815, and in the following year he went to Rome, where he entered the society of the " Fathers of the Sacred Heart." Subsequently, at Munich and Bamberg, he was blamed for Jesuit and obscurantist tendencies, but obtained considerable reputation as a preacher. His first so-called miraculous cure was effected, in conjunction with a peasant Martin Michel, on a princess of Schwarzenberg who had been for some years paralytic. Immediately lie acquired such fame as a performer of miraculous cures that multitudes from various countries flocked to partake of the beneficial influence of his supposed supernatural gifts. Ultimately, on account of the interference of the authorities with his operations, he went in 1821 to Vienna and then to Hungary, where he became canon at Grosswardein, and in 1844 titular bishop of Sardica. He died at Voslau near Vienna, 17th November 1849. He was the author of a number of ascetic and controversial writings, which were collected and published in one edition by Brunner at Ratisbon in 1851.
See Paulus, Quintessenz aus An fang, and Ende der Wandercurversuche, welehe zu Wurzburg and Bamberg durch Mart. Michel and den Prinzen von Hohealohe-Sehillingsfiirst unternommen worden sind, Leipsie, 1822.