George Michael Wittman
Bishop-elect of Ratisbon, b. near Pleistein, Oberpfalz, Bavaria, 22 (23?)
Jan., 1760; d. at Ratisbon, 8 March, 1833. He studied first with the Jesuits,
then with the Benedictines at Amberg (1769-78), and at the University of
Heidelberg (1778-9). On 21 Dec., 1782, he was ordained priest and after doing
parish work at Kenmath, Kaltenbrunn, and Miesbrunn he became professor and
subregens at the diocesan seminary of Ratisbon in 1788 and regens in 1802. From
1804 he was also pastor of the cathedral. In 1829 he was appointed auxiliary
Bishop of Ratisbon and consecrated titular Bishop of Comana. In 1830, when the
coadjutor Sailer became ordinary of Ratisbon, Wittmann was made his
vicar-general; and after Sailer's death he was nominated Bishop of Ratisbon, 1
July, 1832, but died before his preconization. He exerted an estimable influence
for good on the candidates (numbering over fifteen hundred) whom he prepared for
the priesthood during the forty-five years of his connection with the seminary.
By his zeal, charity, and exemplary life, he gained the affection and esteem of
all. He was buried in the cathedral of Ratisbon, where a monument was erected to
his memory by Conrad Eberhard. His chief literary works are:
catholica de sacra Scriptura (Ratisbon, 1793);
Annotationes in Pentateuchum
Moysis (Ibid., 1796);
De horarum canonicarum utilitate morali (Augsburg,
Anmahnung zum Cölibate (s. l., 1804; Ratisbon, 1834);
aetate juvenili (Sulzbach, 1832). Wittmann also prepared with Feneberg a
translation of the New Testament (Nuremberg, 1808; latest edition, Sulzbach,
1878). For a time he availed himself of the services of the Protestant Bible
Society of London to spread his translation among the people, but in 1820 he
severed all relations with this society.
MITTERMÜLLER, Leben und Wirken des frommen Bisch., Michel Wittmann (Landshut, 1859); MEHLER, Lebensbeschreibung des frommen Bisch. Michael Wittmann (Ratisbon, 1894); HAHN, Bisch. Michael Wittmnn, das Bild eines frommen und segensreichen Lebens (Ratisbon, 1860).
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