Chlumczanski, Wenzel Leopold

Chlumczanski, Wenzel Leopold a Bohemian prelate, was born November 15, 1759. He was successively chaplain at Klosterle, pastor at Gartitz, and afterwards in Prague, where he became chancellor of the metropolitan chapter and suffragan bishop. He was appointed in 1802 to the see of Leitmeritz, and was noted for almsgiving and introducing great ameliorations in ecclesiastical discipline. The emperor, wishing to recompense this "father of the poor," gave him the title of private counsellor, and offered him the archbishopric of Lemberg; but the modest prelate refused this latter favor. When he was placed, in 1814, in the archbishopric of Prague, he consecrated nearly all his revenues to the relief of the poor, protected all useful enterprises, and opened two schools — one at Rakonitz, for the arts; the other at Reichemberg, for commerce. He died June 14, 1830. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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