Bernhard Thebes

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Bernhard Thebes

Heinrich Bernhard Thebes OCist (born November 4, 1928 at Gut Wickershausen in Hollenstedt / Northeim , Lower Saxony ; † March 27, 2010 in Goppeln , Saxony ) was a Roman Catholic religious . He was the last abbot of the Osek Cistercian Abbey in northern Bohemia .


Bernhard Thebes was a naval helper in World War II and at the end of the war first learned the profession of bricklayer and studied civil engineering in Mainz. He joined in 1957 the Congregation of the Cistercians in and put simple profession of Vyšší Brod monastery , from 1960 belonging to the monastery Osek decreases. After graduating from the Marianum late vocational college in Neuss, Thebes studied philosophy in Marienstatt and Knechtsteden as well as theology in Rome . On July 15, 1965, he was ordained a priest by Josef Cardinal Frings .

From 1971 to 1992 he was prior of the Langwaden monastery in Grevenbroich , which was built up by the expelled convent of Osek. In 1990 he was also elected the 48th abbot of the Cistercian Abbey of Osek and on July 15, 1990 by Abbot General Polikárp Zakar appointed Abbot of Osek. He had lived in Osek since March 21, 1991 and was committed to the preservation, reconstruction and restitution of confiscated church property in the most important monastery complex in North Bohemia, which was founded in 1192 by the Cistercian order . It is part of the village of Osek , which lies on the southern slope of the Ore Mountains in the Czech Republic .

In 2008, an illness forced him to move to a nursing home run by the Nazareth sisters in Goppeln near Dresden, where Abbot Thebes died. He was buried on Easter Wednesday, April 7, 2010, after a requiem by the Bishop of Leitmeritz, Jan Baxant , in the Osek Monastery.


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  1. Article: Abbot Bernhard Thebes died on April 5, 2010 on medals, accessed online on April 5, 2010
predecessor Office successor
Eberhard Harzer OCist Abbot of the Cistercian Abbey of Osek