Josef Gelmi

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Josef Gelmi (* 1937 in Cavalese in the Fiemme Valley ) is a South Tyrolean cleric and church historian .


Gelmi attended the humanistic high school at the Vinzentinum in Brixen and then studied philosophy and theology at the seminary in Brixen. In 1961 he was ordained a priest, after which he had cooperator positions in Cortina d'Ampezzo and Bolzano .

After studying ecclesiastical history at the Pontifical Gregorian University and history at the State University in Rome , he became professor for ecclesiastical and diocesan history at the Philosophical-Theological College in Brixen (retired) in 1973 . From 1982 to 1986 he held teaching positions at the theological faculty of the University of Innsbruck. An appointment to the University of Vienna was apparently prevented by Hans Hermann Groer . Since 1998 he has been president of the Diocesan Museum in the Brixen Hofburg . The focus of Gelmi's research is the church history of Tyrol . In addition to an overall presentation of the regional church history and a work on the bishops of the Diocese of Bolzano-Brixen as well as other works on the history of the South Tyrolean church, Gelmi wrote numerous articles in theological and church history standard works, for example in the 3rd edition of the Lexicon for Theology and Church and in the five volume of Erwin Gatz 's Bishop's Lexicon .

In 2017, on the occasion of his retirement , he called for the abolition of celibacy and the ordination of women as deacons.


Independent publications

  • La Segreteria di Stato sotto Benedetto XIV (1740–1758) . Trent 1975.
  • The popes in pictures of life . Graz-Vienna-Cologne 1983, second completely revised edition, ibid. 1989.
  • The Brixen bishops in the history of Tyrol . Bolzano 1984.
  • Church history of Tyrol . Innsbruck-Vienna-Bozen 1986.
  • Maria Hueber (1653–1705). One of the most important women in Tyrol . Bolzano 1993.
  • History of the dioceses of Bozen-Brixen and Innsbruck . 5 booklets, Kehl am Rhein 1994–1998.
  • Maria Hueber. "Mother Beginner" of the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis in Brixen . Kehl 1995.
  • Blessed Johann Nepomuk von Tschiderer, Prince-Bishop of Trient (1777–1860) . Brixen 1995.
  • History of the city of Brixen . Brixen 2000.
  • History of the Church in Tyrol. North, East and South Tyrol . Innsbruck-Vienna-Bozen 2001.
  • Prince-Bishop Johannes Geisler (1882–1952): one of the most dramatic chapters in South Tyrolean history . Bressanone 2003.
  • The papacy. Description of a fascinating institution. Kevelaer: Verlagsgemeinschaft Topos plus 2007. ISBN 978-3-8367-0641-4

In addition, the processing and supplementation of the sixth edition of the Lexicon of Names and Saints by Otto Wimmer-Hartmann Melzer, Innsbruck-Vienna 1988 and around 250 publications in newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, commemorative publications, anthologies and handbooks as well as many reviews and numerous radio broadcasts for Church history of Tyrol.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Alex Lamprecht: Ebner's Christmas present. , December 23, 2019, accessed January 15, 2020 (with photo by J. Gelmi).
  2. ^ So Paul Zulehner : dowry. Ostfildern 2014. p. 236.
  3. Susanne Pitro: Gelmi's legacy., August 28, 2017, accessed April 20, 2018 .
  4. ^ Review by René Schlott on H-Soz-Kult , May 22, 2008.