Alois Josef, Freiherr von Schrenk
|The Most Reverend
Freiherr von Schrenk
|Prince-Archbishop of Prague|
An 1838 medal commemorating the elevation of Alois Josef von Schrenk to the archbishopric of Prague.
|Installed||4 November 1838|
|Term ended||5 March 1849 (10 years, 4 months)|
|Predecessor||Ondřej Alois Ankwicz ze Skarbek–Peslawice|
|Born||24 March 1802
Zbenice, Czech Republic
|Died||5 March 1849
Prague, Czech Republic
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Church|
Schrenk was born in Zbenice in 1802 with the hereditary title of Freiherr von Schrenk und Nötzig. He was ordained a priest in 1825. On 12 February 1838, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Olomouc in the Czech Republic, as well as titular bishop of Ptolemais in Phoenicia. On 20 June 1838, Schrenk was appointed archbishop of Prague (called Prince Archbishop), was confirmed on 17 September 1838, and subsequently installed on 4 November 1838. On 5 March 1849, he died at the age of 46, having been a bishop for 10 years.
The 1911 Catholic Encyclopedia makes mention of Schrenk in its entry for Prague:
|“||In 1848 Alois, Freiherr von Schrenk became Prince Archbishop of Prague. On 15 March, the Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria announced his intention of granting a constitution. Schrenk may have thought that "freedom is a great good for those who know how to use it". On 22 March he issued a censure, as some priests, forgetting their sacred calling, turned the pulpit into a political platform. The freedom gained should rather be the signal for greater activity. His address at the Easter festival, posted on the streets in Czech and German, sought to allay the hostility to the Jewish population ... strain he had undergone shattered the health of the archbishop and he died in March, 1849, at the age of forty-seven. His successor was Cardinal Schwarzenberg.||”|
References and notes
- Clearly visible are his own coat of arms with the Freiherr crown. The inscription gives his name in Czech as ALOYS JOSEF SWOBODNÝ PÁN SCHRENK Z NOTZING.
- Cheney, David M (2006-10-26). "Archbishop Alois Josef Schrenk". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- This is perhaps a dating error. Other sources state that Schrenk was appointed to his position in 1838, and if the 1848 date is to be believed, his archepiscopate would be almost too brief for mention.
- Wolfsgruber, C (1911). "Prague". The Catholic Encyclopedia. VII. Robert Appleton Company. Archived from the original on 27 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
|Catholic Church titles|
Andreas Alois Ankwicz von Skarbek-Poslawice
|Archbishop of Prague
Friedrich Johannes Jacob Celestin von Schwarzenberg