Mons. František Václav Lobkowicz

Mons. František Václav Lobkowicz OPraem

("For the life of the world", Jan 6,51)

Curriculum vitae

He was born on 5 January 1948 in Plzen in a family with 5 children; his youngest brother is also a priest. His university-educated father had to work as a road-maker in 1950's and with a lung disease he worked as a storeman in a bookshop.

In 1966 he finished high-school in Plzen, for a year he studied the Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University in Prague, and then he entered the Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Faculty in Litomerice in 1967. In 1968-1969 he studied in Innsbruck, Austria, on 15 August 1972 he was ordained a priest in Prague. In 1968 he entered the Premonstrates order. In 1972-1974 he did his compulsory military service and then he couldn't examine his priestly service for half a year. Then, from April 1975, he was allowed to serve as a priest, but he couldn't stay in his diocese. On 10 August 1972 he took solemn vows in the Premonstrates order.

He served as a parish vicar in Frydek, Jablunkov, and Cesky Tesin in Northern Moravia, from 1984 he administered the parish of Marianske Hory in Ostrava.

On 17 March 1990, he was appointed titular bishop of Catabum Castra and auxiliary bishop of Prague. He was ordained on 7 April 1990.

In the Czech Bishops' Conference, he is a member of the Department for the Catholic Education with responsibility for the local schools. He is the president of the Economy and Law Department, from 2005 he is a vice-president of theCzech Bishops' Conference. He is a spiritual advisor of the Scouts.

On 30 May 1996, the diocese of Ostrava and Opava was founded by a bull Ad Christifidelium spirituali of Pope John Paul II and Frantisek Vaclav Lobkowicz was appointed its 1st bishop; on 31 August 1996 he was introduced to the service.

Personal data

Born: 5 Jan 1948 in Pilsen
Ordained priest: 15 Aug 1972
Appointed bishop: 17 Mar 1990 (auxiliary bishop of Prague), 30 May 1996 (bishop of Ostrava and Opava)
Ordained bishop: 7 Apr 1990