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Johann Michael Sailer

1751-1832. Jesuit scholar. Born in upper Bavaria, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1770 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1775. Five years later he became professor of dogmatics at Ingolstadt, and other academic appointments followed at Dillingen (1784) and Ingolstadt (1799), which latter university was in 1800 removed to Landshut. As the mentor of prospective priests, Sailer influenced a circle of evangelicals which included Martin Boos,* Johannes Gossner,* and Baron von Wessenberg.* Sailer's appointment to the bishopric of Augsburg was rejected by the Curia in 1819. After serving as vicar-general for four years he was appointed in 1829 to the see of Regensburg.