František Vaňák

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František Vaňák (born June 28, 1916 in Hvozd u Konice , † September 14, 1991 in Město Albrechtice ) was a Czech clergyman and archbishop of Olomouc .


Memorial plaque for Archbishop František Vaňák on his house in Rýmařov
Archbishop's coat of arms

After graduating from the archbishop's grammar school in Kremsier , František Vaňák studied theology at the Olomouc seminary and was ordained a priest in 1941 . He then worked for many years as a pastor in Rýmařov . After the death of Archbishop Josef Karel Matocha , who had been imprisoned since 1950 , he was designated by the Holy See as his successor in 1961, but this was blocked by the communist rulers of what was then Czechoslovakia . Finally, on July 26, 1989, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator and Auxiliary Bishop in Olomouc by Pope John Paul II, and at the same time titular Bishop of Assuras . The episcopal ordination donated him on August 26, 1989, the then auxiliary bishop of Prague and later Bishop of Budweis , Antonín Liška . Co- consecrators were the Apostolic Nuncio in Poland, Francesco Colasuonno , and Archbishop Ján Sokol of Tyrnau .

A short time later, following the political upheaval, he was appointed Archbishop of Olomouc.

During his short term in office, František Vaňák campaigned for the renewal of religious life in his diocese. His concerns included the promotion of religious institutions and church educational institutions. In 1991 he succeeded in re-establishing the Olomouc seminary and the archbishop's high school in Kremsier, which is steeped in tradition. However, he could no longer experience their work because he died that same year. He was buried in the Svatý Hostýn monastery.

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predecessor Office successor
Josef Karel Matocha Archbishop of Olomouc
Jan Graubner