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Theophil Ruderstaller

Theophil Ruderstaller Austrian missionary

Austrian missionary
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Austrian missionary
A.K.A. Ruderstaller
Was Priest
From Austria
Type Religion
Gender male
Birth 1906, Ostermiething, Austria
Death 1946, Fuxin, People's Republic of China (aged 40 years)
The details

Theophil Ruderstaller (1906, in Ostermiething, Upper Austria; † 10 June 1946, in Fuxin, China) was a capuchin and China missionary.

In 2005, Bishop Joseph Wei from Qiqihar - since 2002 apostolic administrator of the former Capuchin mission Kiamusze (Jiamusi) - told Gaudentius Walser from the North Tyrolean Capuchin province that two coffins with the corpses of Theophil Ruderstaller (Ostermiething) and Antonin Schörcksnadel (Innsbruck) had been found while digging a fountain in the garden of a private house. On July 10, 1946, they were shot in the parsonage.

Currently, there is a beatification running for Theophil Ruderstaller.


  • Hermenegild Hintringer: Der oberösterreichische Chinamissionar und Märtyrer P. Theophil Ruderstaller († 1946). In: Neues Archiv für die Geschichte der Diözese Linz Jg. 1 (1981/82), S. 62-75.
  • Hermenegild Hintringer: P. Theophil Ruderstaller OFM Cap. von Ostermiething. Ein ehemaliger Petriner und Blutzeuge für die katholische Kirche in China. In: Gedenkschrift zum 50. Schuljahr des Bischöflichen Gymnasiums am Kollegium Petrinum, Linz 1954, S. 82-83.
  • Gisela Gensch: 'Lu Shen Fu – der Missionar', Dokumentarischer Roman mit 340 interessanten teilweise historischen Abbildungen, Anmerkungen, Anhang, Originalbriefkopien von Bruder Theophil aus China, Bibliographie; 584 Seiten, 2009, Dr. Bachmaier Verlag München, ISBN 978-3-931680-57-2
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