Philipp von Arenberg

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Philipp von Arenberg , full name Philipp Maria Prosper Prince and Duke of Arenberg (born June 17, 1848 at Arenberg Castle , Heverlee , Belgium ; † August 11, 1906 in Vienna ) was a German prince from the noble von Arenberg family , a Catholic priest and cathedral chapter of the diocese of Eichstätt .


He was born the son of Duke Anton Franz von Arenberg (1826–1910) and his wife Countess Marie von Merode . His grandfather was the ruling Duke Prosper Ludwig von Arenberg (1785–1861); Duke Engelbert-August von Arenberg (1824–1875) was his father's brother.

At the age of 7, Philipp von Arenberg received Karl Wolter as private tutor, the brother of Archabbot Maurus Wolter , who also became a Benedictine in 1857 . From 1863 he attended the Rheinische Ritterakademie in Bedburg , then the grammar school in Bonn , which he graduated from high school in 1867 and then studied law in Bonn until 1871. He went to Metz as a trainee lawyer and undertook a trip to the Orient with his brother Johann Baptist Engelbert (1850–1914) in the winter of 1874/75. In the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem , Prince Philipp von Arenberg made the decision to become a clergyman.

On his return his parents gave him an examination period, after which he entered the seminary of Eichstätt and was ordained a priest on May 6, 1880 by Bishop Franz Leopold von Leonrod . Initially, Philipp von Arenberg worked as a chaplain in Dollnstein , and from 1882 on at St. Walburg in Eichstätt . Pope Leo XIII. who, as a nuncio in Brussels , was close friends with the prince's grandparents, wanted to call him to Rome as chamberlain on duty , which Arenberg refused, pointing out that his health was poor. The Pope then made him an honorary papal secret chamberlain. The Eichstätt bishop made him an honorary canon and in 1883 a clerical councilor .

On May 11, 1886, Philipp von Arenberg was promoted to cathedral capitular of the Eichstätt diocese, and in 1890 he also became the diocesan praeses of the Kolping societies , a task he devoted himself to with great commitment. Since he had French as his second mother tongue, he translated several sacred works into German. The canon donated large sums for charitable purposes and for the welfare of the poor. His charity in these fields was well known throughout the city.

Due to illness, Arenberg stayed in Baden near Vienna in 1906 for a cure. When he visited a doctor in Vienna on August 11th , he also went to the miraculous image of the Madonna von Pötsch in St. Stephen's Cathedral to pray the daily rosary . Immediately after leaving the cathedral, the priest died of a weak heart in his carriage.

The nobleman and his brother Johann Baptist Engelbert were patrons (financial patrons) of the Society for Rhenish History .

Another brother was the German Reichstag member Franz von Arenberg (1849–1907)

Philipp von Arenberg's great-nephew Jean Engelbert Marie von Arenberg (grandson of his brother Johann Baptist Engelbert, with whom he stayed in Jerusalem), married the Bavarian Princess Sophie Marie Therese, youngest daughter of Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria , in 1955 .


  • City of God , born in 1907, pages 227 and 228, obituary with photo.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Website on Maurus Wolter, with mention of his brother Karl Wolter
  2. Digitalscan, benefactor of the Society for Rhenish History, 1907 (Prince Philipp von Arenberg at the end, among the deceased) (PDF; 1.6 MB)