Lothar Friedrich von Metternich-Burscheid

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Lothar Friedrich von Metternich-Burscheid

Lothar Friedrich von Metternich-Burscheid (1617–1675) was the Bishop of Speyer from 1652 to 1675 and also Archbishop of Mainz and Bishop of Worms from 1673 to 1675.

Biography[edit]

Lothar Friedrich von Metternich-Burscheid was born on September 29, 1617 in Bourscheid Castle, a member of the House of Metternich. His father, Gerhard von Metternich, Lord of Burscheid and Esch. At the age of eight, Lothar Friedrich von Metternich-Burscheid became a canon (Domizellar) in Trier. He studied in Trier 1635-36 and then at the Jesuit school in Pont-à-Mousson. He became Domizellar of Mainz in 1639. He was ordained as a deacon in 1640

On April 11, 1652, the cathedral chapter of Speyer Cathedral elected Lothar Friedrich von Metternich-Burscheid Bishop of Speyer. He was ordained as a priest on December 17, 1652. On June 9, 1653, Pope Innocent X confirmed his appointment as Bishop of Speyer, and directed him to repair Speyer Cathedral and to found a seminary. He was consecrated as a bishop by Wolther Heinrich von Strevesdorff, Auxiliary Bishop of Mainz on June 24, 1656.

The cathedral chapter of Mainz Cathedral elected Lothar Friedrich von Metternich-Burscheid Coadjutor Archbishop of Mainz on December 15, 1670, with the understanding that he would succeed as Archbishop upon the death of Johann Philipp von Schönborn. Pope Clement X confirmed this arrangement on November 16, 1671. As such, Lothar Friedrich von Metternich-Burscheid succeeded as Archbishop of Mainz on February 12, 1673. The cathedral chapter of Worms Cathedral elected him as Bishop of Worms on April 16, 1673.

Lothar Friedrich von Metternich-Burscheid died in Mainz on June 3, 1675.

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Lothar Friedrich von Metternich-Burscheid
Born: 29 September 1617 Died: 3 June 1675
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Philipp Christoph von Sötern
Prince-Bishop of Speyer
1652-1675
Succeeded by
Johann Hugo von Orsbeck
Preceded by
Johann Philipp von Schönborn
Archbishop-Elector of Mainz
1673-1675
Succeeded by
Damian Hartard von der Leyen-Hohengeroldseck
Prince-Bishop of Worms
1673–1675