Piffl, Friedrich Gustav
Cardinal Friedrich Gustav Piffl, photo
Piffl, Friedrich Gustav, b. Landskron (Czech Republic), Oct. 15, 1864, d. Vienna, April 21, 1932, 1913-1932 Archbishop of Vienna, 1914 cardinal. 1907-13 provost of the monastery at Klosterneuburg and teacher at the theological college there. 1910 founded the Academy of Church Music, after 1918 devoted himself to the Catholic welfare organization "Caritas", established 42 additional sites for holding mass, as well as 18 new churches in the archdiocese of Vienna and 5 in Burgenland; apostolic administrator of Burgenland. 1927 introduced the "Catholic Action" in Austria; even as bishop committed to pastoral care and maintaining close contact with the people.
Literature: M. Krexner, Hirte an der Zeitenwende, 1987; ÖBL.