Menno Simons

Menno Simons

(c. 1496-1561)

In the aftermath of the suppression of the Anabaptists at Munster, the dispirited Anabaptists of the lower-Rhine area gained new heart through the ministry of Menno Simons. Although always in great personal danger, Menno, a former priest, traveled widely to visit the scattered Anabaptists groups of northern Europe and inspire them with his nighttime preaching. Menno was unswerving in commanding pacifism. As a result, his name in time came to stand for the movement’s repudiation of violence. Although Menno was not the founder of the movement, most of the twentieth-century descendants of the Anabaptists are called "Mennonite."

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