Vasilije Božičković

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Vasilije Božičković
Eparch of Križevci
ChurchCroatian Greek Catholic Church
DioceseEparchy of Križevci
Appointed23 June 1777
Term ended9 May 1785
SuccessorJosaphat Bastašić
Other post(s)Eparch of Marča (1759-1777)
Ordination1744 (Priest)
Consecration11 Nov 1759 (Bishop)
by M. Olsavszky
Personal details
Born11 February 1719
Died9 May 1785(1785-05-09) (aged 66)

Trifun Vasilije Božičković, O.S.B.M. (or Latin: Basilius Bosicskovich, 1719–1785) was the last bishop of the Eparchy of Marča (1759–1777) and the first bishop of the Eparchy of Križevci from the erection in 1777 to his death in 1785.[1]


Vasilije Božičković was born on 11 February 1719 in the village of Batinyan, near Zagreb. He entered in the monastic Order of Saint Basil the Great in 1741, and in the same year he was sent to study in the College of the Propaganda in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1744.[2] When in 1745 he got his doctorate in theology, he could not return in his monastery of Marča (located near Ivanić Grad) because it was taken to the Serbian Orthodox Church, so he was sent in Poland to teach philosophy.[3] In 1752 he was chosen by his Basilian Order as representative of the Order in Rome.

On 4 September 1759 Božičković was appointed eparch (bishop) of Marča, i.e. apostolic vicar for the Greek Rite population under the Latin Archdiocese of Zagreb,[2] succeeding to Gabrijel Palković, and on 11 November 1759 he was consecrated bishop in Máriapócs by M. Olsavszky, Eparch of Mukachevo.[4]

On 17 June 1777, Pope Pius VI, on suggestion of the Habsburg monarch Empress Maria Theresa, erected the Greek Rite Eparchy of Križevci separating it from Latin Latin Archdiocese of Zagreb and superseding the previous Eparchy of Marča. Božičković, who played a prominent role in the erection of the eparchy, was chosen as first eparch, and so formally appointed on 23 June 1777.[5]

Vasilije Božičković died on 9 May 1785, and he was buried in the church of Saint Mary in Gornji Tkalec.[6]


  1. ^ Paul Robert Magocsi. "Greek Catholic Eparchy of Krizevci". World Academy of Rusyn Culture. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b Ritzler, Remigius (1958). Hierarchia catholica Medii aevi sive summorum pontificum, S.R.E. cardinalium, ecclesiarum antistitum series. Vol. 6. Padua. pp. 187, 197. {{cite encyclopedia}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  3. ^ Welykvj, Athanasius (1955). "Acta S.C. de Propaganda Fide Ecclesiam Catholicam Ucrainae et Bielarusjae Spectantia Vol IV 1740-1769". Analecta OSBM (Series II Sectio III). Rome: 92–93.
  4. ^ Blazejowsky, Dmytro (1990). Hierarchy of the Kyivan Church (861-1990). Rome. p. 341.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  5. ^ "Bishop Vasilije Božičković (Bosicskovich), O.S.B.M." David M. Cheney. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  6. ^ "87. VRBOVEC". Retrieved 19 April 2011.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Vicar Apostolic of Marča
Succeeded by
himself, as first Eparchial Bishop
Preceded by
himself, as last Vicar Apostolic
Eastern Catholic Bishop of Križevci
Succeeded by