Janez Kalan

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Janez Evangelist Kalan
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Janez Kalan
Ordination 1891
Personal details
Birth name Janez Kalan
Born (1868-10-20)20 October 1868
Suha, Škofja Loka, Slovenia
Died 27 April 1945
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nationality Slovene
Denomination Roman Catholic

Janez (Evangelist) Kalan (20 October 1868 – 27 April 1945), was a Slovene Roman Catholic priest, editor, and writer.


Kalan was born in the village of Suha.[1] He attended elementary school in Škofja Loka, followed by secondary school (from 1879 to 1887) and seminary (from 1887 to 1891) in Ljubljana. He was ordained a priest in 1891, after which he served as a curate in Dol pri Ljubljani from 1891 to 1893 and in Kamnik from 1893 to 1900. From 1900 to 1904 he was a vicar in Ljubljana, and from 1904 to 1908 the parish priest in Zapoge.

From 1903 to 1924 he was the Episcopal head of the campaign against alcoholism; he left his position as parish priest in 1908 in order to dedicate himself to this task. His zeal against alcohol earned him the deprecatory nickname Wasserkalan 'water Kalan'.[2] In 1903 he founded the religious monthly periodical Bogoljub (God’s Love) and edited it until the end of 1924, when he left to serve among Slovene workers in North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1923 he also served as a missionary among Slovene emigrants in southern Serbia. Kalan wrote a number of books.


In 1903 Kalan founded the Sveta vojska (Holy Army) anti-alcohol association, the work of which was propagated in the newsletters Zlata doba (Golden Age; 1910–1920) and Prerodu (Rebirth, 1922–). In 1913 he started publishing the professional clerical newsletter Vzajemnost (Reciprocity) and edited it until 1924. In 1916, together with Anton Mrkun he founded the Dobrodelnost (Charity) charitable association. In 1925 he started publishing the newsletter Naš zvon (Our Bell) in Germany.[3] In addition to his publications in the newsletters that he edited, he also contributed to the newspapers Slovenec and Domoljub.[4]



  1. ^ Glonar, Jože. 1933. Poučni slovar: del A-K. Ljubljana: Umetniška propaganda, p. 529.
  2. ^ Bartol, Vladimir. 1961. Obiski pri slovenskih znanstvenikih. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, p. 127.
  3. ^ Dolinar, France Martin. 1991. "Katoliška cerkev". Enciklopedija Slovenije vol. 5, pp. 17–26. Ljubljana: Mlainska knjiga, p. 25.
  4. ^ Slovenski biografski leksikon 1925–1991. (2009). Electronic edition. Ljubljana: SAZU.