Josip Ujčić

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Josip Ujčić
Archbishop of Belgrade
Ujčič in 1929
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Term ended1964
PredecessorIvan Rafael Rodić
SuccessorGabrijel Bukatko
Ordination1902 (Priest)
Consecration7 March 1937 (Bishop)
by Antun Bauer[1]
Personal details
Born(1880-02-10)February 10, 1880
DiedMarch 24, 1964(1964-03-24) (aged 84)
Belgrade, Yugoslavia
BuriedChurch of Christ the King, Belgrade

Josip Ujčić (10 February 1880 - 24 March 1964) was a Croatian (and later Yugoslavian) prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the Archbishop of Belgrade, Apostolic Administrator of Banat, Council Father and a member of the Central Preparatory Commission of the Second Vatican Council.[2]


Josip Ujčić was born on February 10, 1880, in Stari Pazin to Anton Ujčić and Katarina Ladavac.[3] Ujčić was born into a rural family.[3] He attended elementary school in Tinjan, and graduated from the state grammar school in Trieste.[3] He completed theological college in Gorizia and became a priest in 1902. After his ordination, he continued to study theology in Vienna, and received his doctorate with the dissertation Historia glagolicae speciali cum respectu ad decreta pontificia.[3] After receiving his doctorate he began teaching at the Theological Seminary in Goričko, and from 1912 to 1919 he was director of the Augustineum Institute and professor at the Vienna Faculty of Catholic Theology, then professor of moral theology at Ljubljana's Faculty of theology until 1936.[3] He was the institute's dean from 1934 to 1935.[3]

Ujčić was ordained a bishop in Zagreb on 7 March 1937.[3] He was appointed Archbishop of Belgrade and Apostolic Administration of Banat. In the difficult inter-war and World War II period, he helped the Catholic faithful of his archdiocese. He was president of the Bishops' Conference of Yugoslavia (1948-1961).[3] He interceded for the regulation of relations between church and state, and participated in the preparation and work of the Second Vatican Council. He died near the end of the council on March 24, 1964.[citation needed]

According to Belgrade Archbishop and Metropolitan Stanislav Hočevar, Archbishop Ujčić, who has been in Belgrade for almost 28 years, never met with the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the dominant religious community in Serbia, which was strange at the time because of the strong ecumenical work of his predecessor, Rafael Rodić, the first Archbishop of Belgrade, and also Croat by origin.[4]

Ujčić was buried in the Belgrade Church of Christ the King. He was awarded the state decoration in 1960. On the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of his death, a memorial plaque dedicated to him was unveiled in the Church of Christ the King in Belgrade.[3]


  1. ^ "Archbishop Josip Anton Ujcic". Catholic Hierarchy. Archived from the original on 10 February 2021. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  2. ^ Faze u pripremi Drugoga vatikanskog sabora Archived 2017-10-04 at the Wayback Machine Drugogi vatikanski sabor, građa za vjeronaučnu olimpijadu šk. god. 2014./2015. (pristupljeno 30. ožujka 2015.)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Robert Buršić. "Staropazinac mons. Josip Ujčić drugi po redu NADBISKUP U GRADU NA UŠĆU SAVE I DUNAVA". Glas Istre. Archived from the original on 9 February 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  4. ^ "'Zagreb me ogovara da sam SPC-u pomogao slati pisma protiv Stepinca'".


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Belgrade
Succeeded by
Apostolic Administration of Banat
1936–1964 (as Apostolic Administrator)