Diepenbrock, Melchior von (1798–1854)
Author of two treatises on chirothesy or laying on of hands by
the Roman Catholic popes. (See also Healing by Touch) He
was born on January 6, 1798, in Bocholt, Westphalia. After
serving as a militia officer in 1815 against France, Diepenbrock
decided to study finance and theology and was ordained in
1823. He was ordained a cardinal in 1850. Many of his sermons
and pastoral letters were published.
He died in Johannisberg, Upper Silesia, on January 20,
1854.