H.E. Msgr. Egon Kapellari (Delegate of the Holy See to the Council of the Foundation)

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Date of Birth 12 January 1936
Place Leoben, Steiermark (Austria)
Nomination January 2007
Field Theology, Law
Title Bishop of Graz-Seckau

Career
1953-57 Studied law at the University of Graz; 1957 Ph.D.; 1957-59 Studied theology at the University of Salzburg and 1959-61 at the University of Graz; 1961 ordained a priest in Graz; 1962-64 Chaplain in the Parish of the Calvary, Graz; 1964-81 Chaplain for the university of Graz and head of the Afro-Asian Institute; since 1970 member of the leadership college seminary in Graz; 7 December 1981 appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Gurk; 24 January 1982 Episcopal consecration in the Cathedral of Klagenfurt, motto: Omnia vestra, vos autem Christi (1 Cor 3:23).

Additional tasks in the Austrian Bishops' Conference 
1982-92 Secretary for youth ministry ("Jugendbischof"), 1982-92 Member of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE); through two terms of office member of the former Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non-Believers; 1992-2004 Secretary for liturgy in the Austrian Bishops' Conference; since 1992 Secretary for art and culture in the Austrian Bishops' Conference.

Additional tasks for the Universal Church
1997 to 2008 Consultant for the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church; since 1997 Member of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the EU countries (COMECE); since 2001 Secretary for media issues in the Austrian Bishops' Conference; Since 14 March 2001 Bishop of Graz-Seckau; Since 4 April 2001 also Deputy Chairman of the Austrian. Bishops' Conference.

Main publications
Many books especially about the theology of icons and the liturgical year. Numerous essays in anthologies, magazines and newspapers, especially on matters of church, art, literature, politics and economy. Das Leiden Christi, 2010; Seit ein Gespräch wir sind... Neue Begegnungen, 2007; Bis das Licht hervorbricht - Fragen zwischen Kirche und Kunst, 2006; Und dann der Tod... Serbebilder, 2005; Begegnungen unterwegs. Eine Nachlese, 2003; Menschenzeit in Gotteszeit - Wege durch das Kirchenjahr, 2002; Aber Bleibendes stiften die Dichter. Gedanken zum Tag, 2001; Heilige Zeichen in Liturgie und Alltag, 1997, 5. Aufl. 2006; Und haben fast die Sprache verloren. Fragen zwischen Kirche und Kunst, 1995.

Professional address

Diozesanbischof Graz-Seckau
Bishofplatz 4
Postfach 872
A-8011 Graz
Vienna

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