Archiwum Archidiecezjalne w Poznaniu, sygn. KA 12 236, "Akta tyczące się sprzętów jakich kościoły parafialne Archidiecezji Poznańskiej potrzebują". Omówienie zawartości
Archdiocesan Archives in Poznań, no. KA 12 236, "Records relating to the furnishings needed by parish churches in the Archdiocese of Poznań". A discussion of the contents
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In autumn 1828 the dean of Ostrzeszów, Fr. Jak Kompałła, wrote a memorial to Archbishop Teofil Wolicki, newly appointed metropolitan of Archdioceses of Gniezno and Poznań joined by a personal union (Archdiocesan Archives in Poznań, no. KA 10 969, Records of the General Consistory of the Archbishopric of Poznań concerning the former Bernardine Church in Ostrzeszów 1823–1853). Fr. Kompałła suggested that furnishings from the dissolved and still existing monasteries be given to poor parish churches. Archbishop Wolicki intervened with the authorities in Berlin, which led to a proclamation of the Royal District (Regierungsbezirk) II in Poznań no. 348 of 19 December 1828 demanding that the “administrators of churches investigate the needs of poor Catholic parishes with regard to organs, bells, chasubles and other church furnishings”. On 14 January 1829 the General Consistory of the Archbishopric of Poznań sent a letter to all deans of the 23 deaneries with the above request. By April 1829 replies came from 262 (80.36%) out of the total number of 326 parishes in the Archdiocese of Poznań. No fewer than parishes (225, 69.01%) asked for furnishings, with only 37 parishes (11.35%) not wanting any and 64 (19.63%) parishes not replying to the question. It could, therefore, be said that 101, i.e. 30.98%, parishes did not want any furnishings. The above documents are to be found in the Archdiocesan Archives in Poznań in the bound volume no. KA 12 236. An edition of this source is under preparation. It will also feature data from a personal questionnaire sent in June 1829 on the initiative of Archbishop Wolicki to parishes and monasteries from both Archdioceses: of Poznań and Gniezno.
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