The periodical Acta Ecclesiastica Sloveniae (AES) is published by Inštitut za zgodovino Cerkve (Institute of Church History) University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Theology. Its primary goal is to make available unpublished documents related to the history of the Church in Slovenia. Documents are published in their original languages, a study in slovenian and a summary in foreign languages are added. The periodical Acta Ecclesiastica Sloveniae has been published since 1979.

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dr. Igor Salmič
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The monograph presents the socio-political situation of the Catholic clergy in the Kingdom of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovene/Yugoslavia, which has not been dealt with in detail in historiography so far. The author presents the situation of the clergy in the economic, social, cultural and media spheres in the light of the priest's view, with special emphasis on the Slovenian situation. The clergy at that time represented a completely disparate social group, in which there were great differences and problems in the social and material spheres.

Vol. XLIII, Blaž Otrin and Julijana Visočnik, The topographical-historical descriptions of parishes in the Ljubljana Diocese 1821–1823, Ljubljana 2021, 456 pp.

In the 43rd volume of Acta Ecclesiastica Sloveniae entitled The topographical-historical descriptions of parishes in the Ljubljana Diocese 1821–1823, authors present topographically historical descriptions of parishes, vicariates or localiae composed by local priests at the initiative of the Ljubljana bishop Augustin Gruber (1763–1835). They illustratively describe the state in the time when they were made and record precious living verbal tradition that would otherwise fall into oblivion. Particular value can be attributed to the descriptions of those parishes the material of which has been lost or destroyed through history.


In the volume are included the following papers: Stanislav Zver, A view of events in Prekmurje until 1900 – from the work of the holy brothers to incorporation in various dioceses; Vinko Škafar 

The education of catholic priests who originated from Prekmurje or worked there until the annexation of Prekmurje to Slovenia; Fanika Krajnc-Vrečko, The role of catholic priests in strengthening national awareness through the written word: spreading and publishing Slovenian books and periodicals among the people of Prekmurje until the annexation of Prekmurje to the motherland; Bojan Himmelreich, Prekmurje at the Paris peace conference and efforts of dr Franc Kovačič and dr Matija Slavič for its annexation to Slovenia; Andrej Hozjan, Events in Prekmurje connected to which state it belongs to from September 1918 to January 1919; Lilijana Urlep, A priest from Styria on the subject of the annexation of Prekmurje: how did Januš Golec describe the annexation of Prekmurje in his memoirs?; Bogdan Kolar, Prekmurje 1918/19 – part of the new local Church; Ivan Janez Štuhec, From cultural differences to a common decision; Hotimir Tivadar, The role of religion and priests in the preservation of Slovenian culture and language between the Mura and the Raba; Franc Zorec, Original challenges and paving the way for the Church in Prekmurje; Andrej Lažeta, The contribution of the Diocese of Murska Sobota in north-eastern Slovenia or Pomurje; Lojze Kozar ml., Religious life in Prekmurje; Igor Salmič, Prekmurje in the Vatican archives between 1918 and 1924; Blaž Otrin, Attitude of the Diocese of Ljubljana towards the annexation of Prekmurje; Lilijana Urlep, The joining and Church-legal arrangement of Prekmurje following the annexation to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenians in sources of Archdiocesan archives in Maribor; Simon Štihec, Documents about the Church among Prekmurians in the Diocesan archives of Szombathely.


In the volume are included the following papers: Bogdan Kolar, Teachers of the Faculty of Theology for the foundation of the University of Ljubljana and its preservation; Mari Jože Osredkar, Prof Dr Lambert Ehrlich; Nik Trontelj, Franc Grivec – ecclesiologist and teacher at the Faculty of Theology; Julijana Visočnik, Franc Ksaver Lukman – teacher, dean, rector, editor; Andrej Saje, Gregorij Rožman and his contribution to the development of Canonical law and the Faculty of Theology in Ljubljana; Maksimilijan Matjaž, Matija Slavič – teacher, biblical scholar, statesman; Bogdan Kolar, The University of Ljubljana and its teacher Josip Srebrnič, Phd; Ivan Janez Štuhec, Josip Anton Ujčić, Phd – the first teacher of Moral Theology at the Faculty of Theology UL; Janez Juhant/Nik Trontelj, Aleš Ušeničnik – co-founder and co-shaper of the UL; Slavko Krajnc, Scientific, pedagogical, and scholarly work of the first dean of the Faculty of Theology, Franc Ušeničnik, Phd; Matjaž Ambrožič, Professor Janez ev. Zore and his role in the founding of the University of Ljubljana and the Faculty of Theology.

Vol. XL: Tanja Martelanc, The Capuchins and Their Architecture in Slovenia, Ljubljana 2018, 388 pp. 

The jubilee 40th volume of Acta Ecclesiastica Sloveniae is entitled The Capuchins and Their Architecture in Slovenia; in it the author presents and evaluates in detail the architecture of the Capuchin order in the Slovenian territory from the beginning of the 17th to the beginning of the 19th century. Thus, in the work before us the Capuchin architecture in Slovenia is for the first time comprehensively presented and assessed within the framework of art history.

Vol. XXXIX: Jure Volčjak, Archdiocese of Gorizia in Carniola in the period of the apostolic vicar and first Archbishop of Gorizia Karel Mihael Count Attems (1750–1774), Ljubljana 2017, 403 pp. 

The monograph presents the church-political, territorial, and pastoral dimensions of the Archdiocese of Gorizia in Carniola in the period of the apostolic vicar and first Archbishop of Gorizia Karel Mihael Count Attems. It portrays the synchronised operation of the Archbishop and the Viennese court headed by the Sovereign Maria Theresa, how they handled the situation at hand, especially regarding pastoral care which was under great strain due to the several-century-long ban prohibiting the patriarchs of Aquileia from entering the territory of the Empire.

Vol. XXXVIII: Miscellanea. Ljubljana, 2016, 440 pp.
In the volume are included the following papers: Aleš Maver, Altercatio Ecclesiae et Synagogae in the light of early Christian anti-Jewish polemic; Julijana Visočnik, Tomaž Hren and his sermons upon consecration of churches; Matjaž Ambrožič, The historical bells of the bell-maker Gašper Franchi; Blaž Otrin, Efforts of bishop Avguštin Gruber for the topographic and historical description of the parishes in the Ljubljana diocese; Ana Lavrič, Slomšek's draft of lectures on sacred art for the Maribor Seminary; Jure Volčjak, The episcopal coats-of-arms of the Lavantine bishops Jakob Maksimilijan Stepišnik and Mihael Napotnik; Miha Šimac, »Opes regum corda subditorum«: Pieces about medals received by bishops of Lavant and Ljubljana; Franjo Velčić‡, The presence of Glagolitic alphabet and old-Slavic liturgy in the territory of Trieste-Koper diocese at the turn of the 20th century; Peter G. Tropper, The Catholic Church and Slovenians in Carinthia – comments on the role of the Church in the 20th century; Renato Podbersič Jr., Monsignor Ivan Rojec and refuges from Goriška during the First World War; Jurij Perovšek, Religion and Church in the programmes of Slovenian political parties 1890–1941; Igor Salmič, King Aleksander (1888–1934) and the Catholic Church: a view of the king's personality in the light of nuncio Ermenegildo Pellegrinetti's recordings;Aleš Gabrič, The fight against the Catholic press; Jelka Melik, Juro Adlešič as an emigrant in secret police records; Bogdan Kolar, Bishop dr. Gregorij Rožman and priest Vladimir Kozina; Dejan Pacek, Certain significant aspects of the relationship between the Holy See and Yugoslavia in the period 1953–1970; Metod Benedik, Media reports about the return of the Faculty of Theology to the University of Ljubljana.

Vol. XXXVII: The Church in Slovenia and the First World War. Ljubljana, 2015, 440 pp.
In the volume are included the following papers: The First World War and its Influence on Church Life (Bogdan Kolar), Consequences of the First World War for Military Organisation on Slovenian Territory and the Changes Brought about by New Circumstances in People’s Everyday Life (Tomaž Kladnik), Consequences of the First World War as Revealed through Reports of Bishops from Slovenian Territory to Central Church Institutions in Rome (Igor Salmič), An Overview of the Influence of the First World War on the Pastoral Work of Priests (Miha Šimac), The Influence of the First World War on People, the Functioning of the Church, and Political Events in the Diocese of Ljubljana (Matjaž Ambrožič), Consequences of the First World War for Church Life in the Lavant Diocese (Bogdan Kolar), Consequences of the First World War on the Work of Church Communities in the Area of the Isonzo Front (Renato Podbersič, Jr.), Tolmin Parish Chronicle (Boštjan Guček), Tolmin Parish chronicle 1914-1922.

Vol. XXXVI. Miha Šimac, Military chaplaincy from Slovene lands under habsburger Sceptre. Ljubljana, 2014, 422 pp.
This book discusses spiritual care in the Habsburg army, specifically focusing on priests and chaplains from the Slovenian Lands. Special attention in our discussion is all the time dedicated to priests from the Slovenian Lands (primarly from the diocese of Ljubljana and Lavant) who at the time of the First World War acted as military chaplains from various military units or military hospitals. The discussion itself it is only a first attempt to deal with the history of military clergy associated with the Slovenian Lands. Part of this discussion are also selected and first time published archival documents.

Vol. XXXV. Bogdan Kolar, Missionary House of St. Joseph above Celje. The Chronicles of the Institution from 1852 do 1925. Ljubljana 2013, 230 pp.

The book contains a transcript of the Chronicles of the Missionary House at St. Joseph's above Celje where a St. Vincent de Paul missionary community settled in 1852. It examines the period until 1925. The publication is accompanied by a paper on the place of the Congregation of the Mission in the Church in Slovenia, its origins and the first members, as well as the most important forms of pastoral work which they accepted in answer to the needs of the Christian community in Slovenia. The chronicles contains information on the benefactors of the new foundation and the difficulties the community was faced with. It gives a detailed account of the maintanance and artistic work done in both church and in the Missionary House. The chronicles contain information relevant lo local history and to the history of the Church in Slovenia.

Vol. XXXIV. France M. Dolinar, Reports of the Bishops of Ljubljana to Rome on the Conditions in the Diocese (Relationes ad limina). Part Two: 1685-1943, Ljubljana 2012, 423 pp.
This volume publishes reports of the Bishops of Ljubljana to Rome on the conditions in the Ljubljana Diocese from 1685 do 1943. The relations were written in accordance with the instructions from the Council Congregation which also examined their contents. Following the reform of Roman Curia, the competence for this was transmitted to Consistorial Congregation which issued a detailed instruction in 1918 on how these relations ought to be constructed. In the given period the Ljubljana Diocese was ruled by 17 bishops who sent 35 reports to Rome. Despite their schematic form and prescribed questionnaire, these reports are immensely interesting. They offer a rather faithful insight into spiritual and material conditions in the Diocese, and, above all, unveil the judging ability of each individual bishop reporting on the actual state in the Diocese. This is all the more significant in the light of facts and assessments available in other sources pertaining to that time.

Vol. XXXIII: France Martin DOLINAR, Reports of the Bishops of Ljubljana to Rome on the Conditions in the Diocese (Relationes ad limina). Part One: 1589–1675. Ljubljana 2011, 201 pp.

Historians have always had an interest in the bishop's reports to Rome on the conditions in their Dioceses, although the opinions on their historical value differ. The introduction gives a short overview of the beginnings of twofold commitments; the bishop's visit to the Holy See in a certain time period (Visitatio Liminum) and the ensuing duty to submit written report on the conditions in the Diocese (Relatio de statu Ecclesiae). This volume publishes reports which are kept in the Archivio Segreto Vaticano (ASV), Congregazione del Concilio, and supplements containing the data about drafts and copies that are kept in the Archdiocesan Archive in Ljubljana (NŠAL) in fond Chapter Archive (KAL) for the period from the bishop Janez Tavčar (1589) to the bishop Jožef Rabatta (1675).

Vol. XXXII: Theological Study in Slovenia. The Role of Theological Educational Institutions in the Slovenian History in the Formation of the Higher Education System. Ljubljana 2010, 522 pp.

In the volume are included the following papers: Theological Education in the Monastic Communities of the Cistercians, Carthusians, Augustinians, Dominicans and Trappists in the Middle Ages and Early Modern History (Matjaž Ambrožič); Theological Education from the Reformation to Central Seminaries (Metod Benedik); Theological Study in Slovenia from the End of the 18th Century till the First World War (Matjaž Ambrožič); Faculty of Theology – Part of the University of Ljubljana (Bogdan Kolar); The Higher Education in the Order of Minor Brothers from the Establishment of the Vicariate – the Province of St Cross – to the Establishment of the University of Ljubljana (Miran Špelič); The Capuchin Theological Schools (Metod Benedik); The Higher Theological School in Rakovnik (Bogdan Kolar); The First Faculty of Theology and the Prince-Diocesan Theological School in Ljubljana (Matjaž Ambrožič); The Higher Theological School in Maribor 1859-1941 (Franika Krajnc-Vrečko); Bibliography and Archival Sources from the Field of Theological Education in Slovenia (Fanika Krajnc-Vrečko).

 Vol. XXXI: Edo ŠKULJ, The Chronicle of the parish Rob 1902-2008. The priests in Rob since 1788. - Edo ŠKULJ, The announcement book of the parish Turjak in the period 1857-1942. Ljubljana 2009, 258 pp.

 Vol. XXX: Damjan DEBEVEC, Caricatures in the Battle Against Religion and the Church 1945-1960, Ljubljana 2008, 368 pp.

The study was written as a research of the role of caricatures in the postwar period between 1945 and 1960 in the propaganda war against the Catholic religion and the Church in Slovenia. The book analyses the dailies Slovenski poročevalec (Slovenian Reporter) and Ljudska pravica (People's Right) as well as the ilustrated weekly Pavliha (Joker).

 Vol. XXIX: Edo ŠKULJ, Jereb's Chronicle of the Parish Škocjan at Turjak, Ljubljana 2007, 540 pp. 

Records published from the Chronicle of the Parish Škocjan at Turjak by the parish priest Janez Jereb between the years 1906 and 1919. Although the chronicle focuses on parish chruch life, it supplies valauable information also about all other aspects of local life.

 Vol. XXVIII: Metod BENEDIK, Janez Evangelist Krek in the records of his contemporaries (pp. 9-155). 

The author presents several essays on Janez Evangelist Krek in which his contemporaries directly or indirectly discuss this highly influential figure in the political, social, economic and cultural life in Slovenia at the beginning of the 20th century. The treatises provide an in-depth presentation of his personality and the circumstances in Slovenia prevalent at that time.
- Bogdan KOLAR, From the Chronicle of the Parish of Grahovo at Cerknica during the ministry of Rev. Alojzij Wester (1910-1928) (pp. 157-217). Records published from the Chronicle of the Parish of Grahovo by the parish priest Alojz Wester from the years 1910 to 1928. Although the chronicle focuses on parish church life, it supplies valuable information also about all other aspects of local life. Lying in the vicinity of the Austro-Italian front, the village underwent a unique rhythm after 1915, marked by war events. The chronicle is an important source of information for understanding the consequences of war on the village of Grahovo and the wider community.
- Edo ŠKULJ, The Chronicle of the Parish Turjak (pp. 219-303). The Chronicle of the Parish Turjak is written in two parts. The older one, edited in latin original and slovenian translation is the history of the parish until 1800. The second part in slovenian descripts simultaneously the facts until today.

Vol. XXVII: Marko BENEDIK, Documents of Fr. Anton Prešeren S.I. regarding Bishop Anton Vovk (pp. 9-180).
The author publishes the correspondence of Fr. Anton Prešeren with the Bishop of Ljubljana Anton Vovk regarding the Church in Slovenia in the years after World War II, Slovenian Seminary in emigration and the foundation of the Slovenian Institute in Rome. - Sebastjan LIKAR, Valentin Oblak: Chronicle of Kropa Parish 1914-1918 (pp. 181-347). The author publishes the chronicle of the Parish of Kropa which enlightens, from all sides, life conditions in the parish during World War I. World War I had a great influence on the lives and activities of the people in Zgornja Gorenjska. In his work, the author discusses the parish life at Kropa between 1914 and 1918 which was clearly described in parish chronicles, bishop's visitation reports and in other sources, above all in different papers and books that were written about the place and parish. Reading from the parish archives, we can recognize the priest's great concern for his parishioners.

 Vol. XXVI: Metod BENEDIK, The Letters of Janez Evangelist Krek (pp. 7-124). Ivan Dolenec's persistent interest in Janez Evangelist Krek resulted in collecting 99 letters and 3 postcards. After the death of Dolenec in 1971 the inheritance of Krek was taken over by the nephew of Dolenec, named Jurij Dolenec, in 1993 the Krek inheritance was handed over to Capuchin Convent in Škofja Loka for keeping. - Janez HöFLER, Material for the Historical Topography of Slovene Parishes Before the Time of Joseph II (pp. 125-191). The contribution brings the material for the history of Slovene parishes before the time of Emperor Joseph II's reforms, their filiation and territorial spread, their principal and succursal churches and chapels, all in certain systematical order. The volume published here contains the territories supposed to have belonged to the ancient parish (Urpfarre) of Cerknica. The major part of the data origins from medieval documents and the 17th and 18th century bishops' visitation. - Bogdan KOLAR, The Beginnings of the Slovenian Church Organization in California (pp. 193-243). The paper deals with the earliest period of the Slovenian Church organization in San Francisco and in its vicinity as well as with the their first common activities. Documents, from the end of the 19th century to the beginnings of World War II, from various Church archives and of the daily press in California are added.

Vol. XXV: Matjaž AMBROŽIČ, Dr. Janez Zlatoust Pogačar, Prince-Bishop of Ljubljana, Ljubljana 2003, 462 pp.

The monograph is an analytical examination of Dr Janez Zlatoust Pogačar's life as well as his role in Slovene history. Due consideration is given to Prince-Bishop's impact on religious, social, cultural and political circumstances of the 19 century. The study is based on numerous sources, unpublished so far, which save from oblivion Pogačar's work and ideas - ideas still of interest in our time.