Sigismund Felix von Ow-Felldorf

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Bishop Sigismund Felix Freiherr von Ow-Felldorf
Coat of arms of the Bishop of Passau (1906–1936)
Gravesite of the bishops Ow-Felldorf, Landersdorfer and Hofmann

Sigismund Felix Freiherr von Ow-Felldorf (born October 18, 1855 in Berchtesgaden ; † May 11, 1936 in Passau ) was the 80th bishop of Passau from 1906 to 1936 .


Sigismund was a son of the Bavarian government councilor Felix von Ow-Felldorf (1816–1869) and his first wife Josepha, née Countess von Berchem (1832–1855). His brother Anton (* 1858), who came from his father's second marriage, was the district administrator of Berchtesgaden .

Ow graduated from the pagerie in 1869 and graduated from high school in 1873. He then studied law at the Ludwig Maximilians University , then served in the judiciary and was appointed royal treasurer in 1879. In 1881 he decided to study theology, which he completed in Eichstätt . On July 25, 1884 he received in Regensburg the priesthood . He then worked as a cooperator in Amberg , but in 1887 he joined the Alte Kapelle zu Regensburg as a canon and worked as a military preacher from 1889 to 1894 , from 1891 as an episcopal clergyman and ordinarian and from 1897 as the diocesan president of the Catholic workers' associations.

On January 8, 1902, he was by Pope Leo XIII. appointed titular bishop of Arethusa and auxiliary bishop in Regensburg . He was ordained bishop by Bishop Ignatius of Senestrey on February 24, 1902.

On October 18, 1906, Sigismund Felix was appointed to the bishopric of Passau . In the 30 years of bishopric in Passau he established 31 new parishes in the diocese, consecrated numerous new churches and tried to establish religious offices. The number of priests increased from 571 to 728. At his instigation, the Passau Diocese Gazette was founded in 1936 .

In 1925 he was made an honorary citizen of the city of Altötting and in 1927 an honorary citizen of the city of Passau .

He died on May 11, 1936 and is buried in the bishop's crypt in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau.

Ow-Felldorf was an honorary member of the Catholic South German Student Union KSSt.V. Alemannia Munich in the KV .


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