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Angelus Silesius

1624 - 1677

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Angelus Silesius, OFM (c. 1624 – 9 July 1677), born Johann Scheffler, was a German Catholic priest, physician, mystic and religious poet. Born and raised a Lutheran, he began to read the works of medieval mystics while studying in the Netherlands and became acquainted with the works of the German mystic Jacob Böhme through Böhme's friend, Abraham von Franckenberg. Silesius's display of his mystic beliefs caused tension with Lutheran authorities and led to his eventual conversion to Catholicism in 1653, wherein he adopted the name Angelus (Latin for "angel" or "heavenly messenger") and the epithet Silesius ("Silesian"). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Angelus Silesius has received more than 197,314 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Angelus Silesius is the 592nd most popular religious figure (down from 559th in 2019), the 113th most popular biography from Poland and the 6th most popular Polish Religious Figure.

Angelus Silesius is most famous for his poem "The Cherubinic Wanderer."

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Among religious figures, Angelus Silesius ranks 592 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Theodore II, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, Sister Lúcia, Joan Enric Vives Sicília, John Knox, and Macarius of Egypt. After him are Jacobus da Varagine, Pope Stephen VI, Pope Severinus, Pope Leo VI, William Laud, and Nichiren.

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Among people born in 1624, Angelus Silesius ranks 2Before him is Koxinga. After him are Empress Meishō, Guarino Guarini, George Fox, Maria Miloslavskaya, Thomas Sydenham, George William, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Arnold Geulincx, François de la Chaise, Barent Fabritius, and Charles Amadeus, Duke of Nemours. Among people deceased in 1677, Angelus Silesius ranks 3Before him are Baruch Spinoza and Jan van Riebeeck. After him are Isaac Barrow, Barbara Strozzi, Wenceslaus Hollar, Frederick VI, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, Antonio Maria Abbatini, Aert van der Neer, William Louis, Duke of Württemberg, Robert Cambert, and James Harrington.

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Among people born in Poland, Angelus Silesius ranks 113 out of 1,454Before him are Erwin von Witzleben (1881), Fred Zinnemann (1907), Zdzisław Beksiński (1929), Saint Casimir (1458), Henryk Wieniawski (1835), and Konrad Emil Bloch (1912). After him are Jan Henryk Dąbrowski (1755), Paul Gottlieb Nipkow (1860), Edward Sapir (1884), Jan Matejko (1838), Mieszko I of Poland (940), and Rochus Misch (1917).


Among religious figures born in Poland, Angelus Silesius ranks 6Before him are Pope John Paul II (1920), Maximilian Kolbe (1894), Faustina Kowalska (1905), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906), and Saint Casimir (1458). After him are Itzhak Stern (1901), Stanislaus of Szczepanów (1030), Stanislaus Kostka (1550), Stefan Wyszyński (1901), Jerzy Popiełuszko (1947), and Hyacinth of Poland (1185).