Bernhard Rieger (Auxiliary Bishop)

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Bernhard Rieger in Kressbronn 2006

Bernhard Rieger (born December 17, 1922 in Wißgoldingen ; † April 10, 2013 in Kressbronn on Lake Constance ) was a German clergyman and auxiliary bishop in Rottenburg-Stuttgart .


Bernhard Rieger, the youngest of eight children of a farming family from the Ostalb district , was called up to the labor service after finishing high school in Rottenburg and Ehingen in 1940 and then to the armed forces. Rieger was a soldier and radio operator on the eastern and western fronts until the end of the war. As a prisoner of war he was a seminarian in the so-called barbed wire seminary in Le Coudray at Chartres which 1,945 to 1,947 of Abbot Franz Stock as rain was headed. In Chartres he met Angelo Roncalli , the then papal nuncio in Paris and later Pope John XXIII. After his theological studies in Tübingen Bernhard Rieger was on 29 July 1951 in Ulm-Wiblingen by Bishop Carl Joseph Leiprecht for priests ordained . In 1954 he was initially a chaplain in Esslingen, later also in Heilbronn-Sontheim, Bad Cannstatt and Leonberg and Aulendorf.

In 1957 he became a religion teacher and bishop's teacher in Saulgau and was pastor in Calw from 1961 to 1972 and at the same time dean of schools. Until 1975 he worked as a pastor in Reute and was also dean of the dean's office in Bad Waldsee.

In 1975 he was appointed Ordinariate Councilor under Bishop Georg Moser and shortly afterwards he was appointed Cathedral Chapter . 1977 was done by Pope Paul VI. the appointment as monsignor and in 1983 by Pope John Paul II as prelate .

On December 20, 1984, John Paul II appointed him titular bishop of Tigava and auxiliary bishop in Rottenburg-Stuttgart . On 20 December 1984 he received in the Cathedral of Rottenburg by Bishop Georg Moser the episcopal ordination ; Co-consecrators were the auxiliary bishops Anton Herre and Franz Josef Kuhnle . “Christ is the yes” from the second letter to the Corinthians was his episcopal motto.

In the German Bishops' Conference Rieger was a member of the journalism commission .

On July 31, 1996, John Paul II accepted his resignation and Rieger retired to Kressbronn on Lake Constance.

Rieger was buried in his hometown Wißgoldingen.

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  1. “A witness of Christian hope. Auxiliary Bishop Bernhard Rieger buried in a solemn ceremony in Wißgoldingen ” in Gmünder Tagespost on April 17, 2013