Eberhard, Matthias

Eberhard, Matthias a Roman Catholic prelate, was born at Treves, November 1, 1815. He studied at the clerical seminary of his native place, and received holy orders in 1839; in 1840 became chaplain of St. Castor's, at Coblentz; was called in 1843 as episcopal secretary to Treves, and appointed the same year professor of dogmatics at the clerical seminary there. In 1850 he became member of the chapter, and was consecrated in 1862 bishop of Treves. After Arnold's death, in 1864, his name was stricken from the list of candidates as persona regi minus grata, but he was elected in 1867 by the chapter. In 1869 and 1870 he was at Rome as member of the Vatican Council. The Prussian "Folk-Laws" brought him in 1873 in conflict with the government, and as he could not pay the fines, he was imprisoned in 1874. He died May 5, 1876, leaving De Tituli Sedis Apostolicae, etc. (Treves, 1846). (B.P.)

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