Maximilian Prokop from Toerring-Jettenbach

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Maximilian Prokop von Toerring-Jettenbach on a painting in the Fürstengang Freising
The coat of arms of Maximilian Prokop von Toerring-Jettenbach in the Fürstengang Freising

Maximilian Prokop von Toerring-Jettenbach (born October 28, 1739 in Munich , † December 30, 1789 in Regensburg ) was Prince-Bishop of Regensburg (since 1787) and Freising (since 1788).


Maximilian Prokop von Toerring-Jettenbach came from the Bavarian noble house of Toerring and was the son of Count Maximilian Joseph I von Toerring-Jettenbach (1694–1769) and his wife Franziska Augusta Antonia nee. Countess von der Hauben (1697–1758), daughter of General Johann Georg von der Hauben, who died in 1717 before Belgrade .

After studying philosophy at the Friars Minor in Regensburg and theology and canon law at the Franciscans in Munich he received on 3 October 1762 Freising Cathedral by Franz Ignaz Albert of Werdenstein the priesthood . He then worked as a pastor in Frontenhausen until he was accepted into the cathedral chapter in Regensburg in 1767 and in Freising in 1770 . In the following years he held various offices in the diocesan administration in both places. In 1782 he was appointed provost of the collegiate monastery of St. Jakob and Tiburtius in Straubing .

With the support of the Munich court , he was elected Bishop of Regensburg in 1787 and Bishop of Freising in 1788. The episcopal ordination received Toerring-Jettenbach on October 28, 1787 from Regensburg Bishop Valentin Anton cutting . As a bishop, Maximilian Prokop von Törring-Jettenbach tried to reforms in the sense of a moderate Enlightenment. He forbade his clergy from belonging to the Illuminati order , intervened against the excesses of baroque popular piety and promoted an internalized Christianity. From an educational point of view, attempts were made to ban Passion Plays , which appeared too rambling and theatrical. He urged the priests to carefully exercise and observe their duties (priestly clothing, worship, administering the sacraments, sermons and teaching the faith). He controlled their observation himself through visitations. Maximilian Prokop was able to prevent the separation of the Egerland from the Diocese of Regensburg for the time being.


  • Josef Staber: Church history of the diocese of Regensburg . Habbel-Verlag, Regensburg, 1966, pp. 161-163.
  • Karl Hausberger : History of the Diocese of Regensburg, Vol. 2: From the baroque to the present . Pustet Verlag, Regensburg 1989, pp. 34-37, ISBN 3-7917-1188-1 .
  • Friedegund Friday: Max Prokop von Törring-Jettenbach as Prince-Bishop of Regensburg and Freising (1788–1789) . Association for Regensburg Diocese History, Regensburg 2006 (also dissertation, University of Munich 2005).

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predecessor Office successor
Anton Ignaz von Fugger-Glött Bishop of Regensburg
1787 - 1789
Joseph Konrad von Schroffenberg-Mös
Ludwig Joseph von Welden Bishop of Freising
1788 - 1789
Joseph Konrad von Schroffenberg-Mös