Edmund Dalbor

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Edmund Dalbor
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Edmund Dalbor's coat-of-arms on his burial monument in Gniezno Cathedral
Cardinal Dalbor's burial monument in Gniezno Cathedral

Edmund Dalbor (October 30, 1869 – February 13, 1926) was a Polish Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Gniezno and Poznań, thus Primate of Poland, from 1915 until his death. Dalbor was elevated to the cardinalate in 1919.

Biography[edit]

Edmund Dalbor was born in Ostrów Wielkopolski to Władysław and Katarzyna (née Rutkowska) Dalbor. Confirmed on November 7, 1889, he was educated at the Men's Grammar School in Ostrow, the University of Münster, and the seminary of Gniezno and Poznań before traveling to Rome in 1892 to further his studies.

Whilst in Rome, Dalbor was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Lucido Parocchi on February 25, 1893. He obtained his doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University on July 6, 1894, and became a parochial vicar in Poznań upon returning to Poland. After serving as vicar of the archcathedral and director of the chancery, Dalbor went to Gniezno, where he was a professor at its seminary and penitentiary of its cathedral. He became a canon theologian of the cathedral chapter of Poznań in 1901, also serving as confessor and chaplain of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. He was raised to the rank of vicar general of Poznań in 1909 and Domestic Prelate of His Holiness on November 23, 1914.

On June 30, 1915, Dalbor was appointed Archbishop of Gniezno and Poznań by Pope Benedict XV; as Archbishop, he was also the spiritual leader of the Church in Poland. He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 21 from Felix Cardinal von Hartmann, with Bishops Adolf Bertram and Wilhelm Kloske serving as co-consecrators.

Benedict XV created him Cardinal-Priest of San Giovanni a Porta Latina in the consistory of December 15, 1919. Dalbor later participated in the papal conclave of 1922, which elected Pope Pius XI.

The Cardinal died in Poznań, at age 56. He is buried in the cathedral of Gniezno.

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Edward Likowski
Primate of Poland
1915–1926
Succeeded by
August Hlond
Archbishop of Gniezno
1915–1926
Preceded by
Edward Likowski
Archbishop of Poznań
1915–1926
Succeeded by
August Hlond