Collegium Borromaeum (Freiburg im Breisgau)

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Archbishop's Seminary Collegium Borromaeum
Inner courtyard of the seminar

Inner courtyard of the seminar

Seminar type Full seminar
address Schoferstraße 1
79098 Freiburg
country Germany
carrier Archdiocese of Freiburg
founding year 1827
Rain Christian Würtz
Sub-rain Thomas Stahlberger
Rector Harald prayer houses
Spiritual Andreas Brüstle
Website URL
View into the inner courtyard of the seminar
Konviktkirche in Freiburg Exterior view with Collegium Borromaeum
View the interior of the church
as a spherical panorama
The interior

The Collegium Borromaeum (CB) in Freiburg im Breisgau is the seminary of the Archdiocese of Freiburg . It is located on the corner of Herrenstrasse / Schoferstrasse opposite the Archbishop's Ordinariate .

Since the archbishopric was founded in 1827, it was the archbishop's theological Konvikt , until the pastoral seminary was moved from St. Peter to the CB on October 1, 2006 , which has since been called the Archbishop's seminary Collegium Borromaeum and is now a full seminary .

Auxiliary Bishop Christian Würtz has been the rain of the seminar since October 2019 .

Priest training in Freiburg

During their theology studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in the Collegium Borromaeum, the candidates for the priesthood of the Archdiocese of Freiburg receive an education which is supposed to promote personality , spirituality and the priestly way of life. Further pastoral training after graduation, which is intended to prepare for the service of the deacon or priest, takes place today in the buildings of the Collegium Borromaeum.

After completing his studies (church examination), further training took place until October 2006, along with practical experience in internship and diaconal positions in the St. Peter seminary. At the end of the 2006 summer semester, the training units that had previously taken place in the St. Peter's Seminary were relocated to the Collegium Borromaeum in Freiburg. The formation of priests underwent a major restructuring, the division into the theological convict and pastoral seminary was abandoned. After its renovation, the former seminary in St. Peter will be used as the new spiritual center of the Archdiocese of Freiburg. Since 1842, the former home to Benedictine - Abbey of Saint Peter in the Black Forest , the Archbishop's Seminary.



The former Konvikts building was built between 1823 and 1826 according to plans by district architect Christoph Arnold , a student of Friedrich Weinbrenner . The Capuchin monastery in Freiburg im Breisgau previously existed here . The interior of the building was largely destroyed in the air raid on Freiburg on November 27, 1944 and rebuilt between 1950 and 1951. In the years 1997 to 2004 extensive renovation and modernization work was carried out.

In the winter semester of 2008 around 60 candidates for priesthood lived there, and parts of the house serve as offices for church administrations.

The parking lot in front of the seminar was one of the last gaps in the rubble in the Freiburg cityscape for almost 70 years. Until the o. G. Air raid in 1944 found the 18th century Andlausche house . After excavation and reconstruction began in spring 2013, work was stopped in November 2013. The reason given was fear of similar controversies as the diocesan center St. Nicholas in Limburg, which had hit the headlines because of the construction costs .


St. Borromeo above the portal of the Konviktskirche
Bust of Alban Stolz by Emil Stadelhofer in front of the Konviktskirche


The church, consecrated to the counter-reformer Karl Borromeo , was built as a hall church according to plans by Christoph Arnold under master builder Georg Riescher in the classical style . Until the consecration by Archbishop Bernhard Boll , the church was used by Protestant Christians.

The east- facing church building is built in the same style as the adjoining seminar building, but stands out clearly as an independent church building. However, there is no tower, a roof turret carries the bells. Due to the bombardment of Freiburg on November 27, 1944, the equipment u. a. Paintings, the stucco ceiling and the choir room destroyed. The roof was badly damaged. A first major reconstruction took place under the then rector Robert Schlund.


In the years 1880 to 1894 and 1912, the simple decoration from the construction period was replaced by a historicizing facility. The monumental mural by Richard Seewald was erected on the front in 1956 under the then rector Robert Schlund . The picture shows a returning Christ with a scroll in a pointing gesture .

In the course of the Second Vatican Council, the benches, windows and the choir with altar, ambo and tabernacle were redesigned during renovations from 1973 to 1975. The sanctuary was redesigned by Bruno Knittel . The six colored glass windows of the church were created by Emil Wachter , based on chapters 1 and 11 of the Letter to the Hebrews. Wachter himself had lived as a seminarist in the seminary.

On the inside of the south wall of the nave there is a statue of Mourning Theology by Emil Stadelhofer in 1922 as a memorial to the seminarians who died in World War I. There is also a monument to Alban Stolz in front of the church , which was also created by Stadelhofer.


The organ of the Konviktskirche was built in 1980 by the organ building company Mönch and Prachtel (Überlingen). The slider chests -instrument has 29 registers on two manuals and pedal . The Spieltrakturen are mechanically, the Registertrakturen electrically.

I Hauptwerk C – g 3
1. Gedacktpommer 16 ′
2. Principal 8th'
3. Reed flute 8th'
4th Gamba 8th'
5. Octave 4 ′
6th recorder 4 ′
7th Sesquialter II 2 23
8th. Octave 2 ′
9. Mixture IV 1 13
10. Trumpet 8th'
II Swell C – g 3
11. Wooden dacked 8th'
12. Salicional 8th'
13. Beat 8th'
14th Principal 4 ′
15th Coupling flute 4 ′
16. Nasard 2 23
17th Forest flute 2 ′
18th third 1 35
19th Larigot 1 13
20th Scharff IV 1'
21st shawm 8th'
Pedals C – f 1
22nd Sub bass 16 ′
23. Octavbass 8th'
24. Dacked bass 8th'
25th Choral bass 4 ′
26th Mixture IV 2 23
27. bassoon 16 ′
28. Trumpet 8th'
29 shawm 4 ′


As part of the Pope's visit to Germany in 2011 , Benedict XVI. the seminary on September 24, 2011 and met former Chancellor Helmut Kohl , representatives of the Orthodox Church , candidates for the priesthood of the seminary and the Presidium of the Central Committee of German Catholics . On September 25, he met with federal constitutional judges. The Pope also stayed in the seminary between those two days. An inscription on the doors of the seminary church commemorates the visit.

Well-known alumni


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Archdiocese of Freiburg: Auxiliary Bishop Dr. Dr. Christian Würtz
  2. ^ Joachim Röderer: Freiburg: Diocese stops million dollar project in old town. In: Südkurier . November 29, 2013, accessed January 9, 2014 .
  3. More information about the organ of the seminary church on the organ page
  4. ^ Heinrich Hansjakob: Selected writings. Volume 2 , Bonz, Stuttgart 1910, p. 222, digitized

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Coordinates: 47 ° 59 ′ 42.1 ″  N , 7 ° 51 ′ 19 ″  E

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