During the Protestant Reformation, 80% of Austrians followed the Reformers, particularly Luther. But under the Hapsburg Counter-Reformation, many of the citizens became re-Catholicized and the Roman Catholic church became a dominant power in religious society.
A 15-metre galley ship tucked into the ruins of a castle vault restores to public memory a dramatic episode in Anabaptist history. It tells the story of 90 Hutterite men condemned to galley service – rowing the narrow warships – for refusing to recant their faith. A Taeufermuseum (Anabaptist museum) in Austria’s Falkenstein castle displays the historical context and faith emphases of the country’s Anabaptist movement.
My mother became a Christian when I was five years old. She then joined the Mennonite Brethren Church in Linz and started to take me along to Sunday school. So I basically grew up in this church and have considered myself a Mennonite as far back as I remember.