Johann Christoph von Freyberg-Allmendingen

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Johann Christoph Reichsritter von Freyberg-Allmendingen (1616–1690) was the Prince-Provost of Ellwangen Abbey from 1660 to 1674, and the Prince-Bishop of Augsburg from 1665 to 1690.

Biography[edit]

Johann Christoph von Freyberg-Allmendingen was born in Altheim (Ehingen) on September 28, 1616, the son of Kaspar von Freyberg zu Altheim und Worndorf and his wife Anna Regina von Rechberg.[1] He was enrolled in the University of Dillingen at age 10, on October 22, 1626.[1] He was made a canon of Augsburg Cathedral in 1630.[1] He then began his studies at the University of Ingolstadt in 1635.[1] He became a canon of Ellwangen Abbey in 1638.[1] He became scholaster of Ellwangen Abbey in 1641, a post he would hold until 1655.[1]

He was ordained as a priest in Augsburg on April 5, 1642.[2] He became dean of Augsburg Cathedral in 1655, and its provost in 1660.[1] On May 11, 1660, he became Prince-Provost of Ellwangen Abbey, a position he held until resigning on April 13, 1674.[1] He became diocesan administrator of the Prince-Bishopric of Augsburg in 1661.[1]

On August 18, 1665, he was selected as the new Prince-Bishop of Augsburg, with Pope Alexander VII confirming his appointment on October 11, 1666.[2] Kaspar Zeiler, Auxiliary Bishop of Augsburg, consecrated him as a bishop on April 17, 1667.[2]

He died in Dillingen an der Donau on April 1, 1690, and is buried in Augsburg Cathedral.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Article on German Wikipedia
  2. ^ a b c Profile from catholic-hierarchy.org
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Sigismund Francis, Archduke of Austria
Prince-Bishop of Augsburg
1666–1690
Succeeded by
Alexander Sigismund von der Pfalz-Neuburg