Archdiocese of Paderborn

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Archdiocese of Paderborn
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Country Germany
Ecclesiastical province Paderborn
Diocesan bishop Archbishop
Hans-Josef Becker
Auxiliary bishop Hubert Berenbrinker
Matthias König
Dominicus Meier OSB
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Manfred Grothe
Vicar General Alfons Hardt
founding 0799
surface 14,745 km²
Dean's offices 19 (December 31, 2015)
Parishes 657 (December 31, 2018)
Residents 4,785,898 (December 31, 2016 AP 2017 )
Catholics 1,491,856 (December 31, 2018)
proportion of 31.2%
Diocesan priest 974 (December 2015)
Religious priest 121 (December 31, 2015)
Catholics per priest 1,362
Permanent deacons 186 (December 31, 2015)
Friars 129 (December 31, 2015)
Religious sisters 1,343 (December 31, 2015)
rite Roman rite
Liturgical language Latin , German
cathedral Paderborn Cathedral
address Domplatz 3
33098 Paderborn
Suffragan dioceses Erfurt
Ecclesiastical province
Erzbistum Freiburg Erzbistum Bamberg Erzbistum Berlin Erzbistum Hamburg Erzbistum Köln Erzbistum München und Freising Erzbistum Paderborn Bistum Aachen Bistum Augsburg Bistum Dresden-Meißen Bistum Eichstätt Bistum Erfurt Bistum Essen Bistum Fulda Bistum Görlitz Bistum Hildesheim Bistum Limburg Bistum Magdeburg Bistum Mainz Bistum Mainz Bistum Münster Bistum Münster Bistum Osnabrück Bistum Passau Bistum Regensburg Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart Bistum Speyer Bistum Trier Bistum Trier Bistum WürzburgMap of the church province of Paderborn
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1200 years of the Diocese of Paderborn: German commemorative stamp from 1999

The Archdiocese of Paderborn ( Latin Archidioecesis Paderbornensis ) is a diocese in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia , but also extends into the states of Hesse and Lower Saxony . With the suffragan dioceses of Erfurt , Fulda and Magdeburg , the Archdiocese of Paderborn forms the ecclesiastical province of Paderborn . Metropolitan church is the high cathedral St. Maria, St. Liborius, St. Kilian in the East Westphalian city ​​of Paderborn .


Belong to the Archdiocese of Paderborn

The areas in Hesse and Lower Saxony were part of the former principality of Waldeck .


Archbishop's General Vicariate Paderborn

The diocese Paderborn was 799 by Pope Leo III. and erected the then Frankish King Charlemagne . Later it became part of the ecclesiastical province of Mainz . The secular territory of the bishop acquired during the Middle Ages formed the prince-bishopric of Paderborn .

In the course of the transfer of the remains of Saint Liborius from Le Mans to Paderborn in 836, a close partnership between the dioceses of Le Mans and Paderborn was established, which has since been continued in the partnership between Le Mans and Paderborn .

After the fall of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation , the diocese underwent a fundamental restructuring in 1821 with the Bull of Pope Pius VII. De salute animarum , an agreement between Prussia and the Holy See on the reorganization of the Prussian dioceses. The parts of the Apostolic Vicariate of the North , which were located in the Prussian province of Saxony and in the Saxon duchies , were incorporated into the Diocese of Paderborn, but were geographically separated from the core area. In the west, the former Sauerland region of Cologne became part of the Paderborn diocese. As a result of this reorganization, Paderborn became one of the largest German dioceses through the allocation of the diocese Corvey and areas of the dioceses Cologne, Osnabrück, Mainz, Minden, Halberstadt and Magdeburg. Paderborn was no longer part of the Mainz metropolis, but, along with Trier and Münster, belonged to the Archdiocese of Cologne. This restructuring process was completed in 1849 with the incorporation of the new parts of the new diocese under the then Vicar General and later Bishop Richard Dammers (1841-1844). From 1868 the Paderborn bishops were also administrators of the Apostolic Vicariate Anhalt until it was formally incorporated into the diocese in 1921.

In the course of the Lateran Treaty of February 11, 1929, the Diocese of Paderborn was founded in 1930 by the Prussian Concordat and the Bull Pastoralis officii nostri by Pope Pius XI. raised to the archbishopric . At the same time, the diocese was rewritten: Paderborn gave the dean's office in Erfurt and all the dean's offices of the commissioner's office in Heiligenstadt to the diocese of Fulda and Barmen-Langerfeld and Essen-Kupferdreh to the archdiocese of Cologne . The newly established Central German Church Province comprised the suffragans Fulda and Hildesheim . At that time the archbishopric was divided into 60 deaneries and 533 parishes.

Since after the division of Germany it was not possible to administer the area in the GDR (e.g. Saxony-Anhalt ) from Paderborn, an auxiliary bishop residing in Magdeburg was installed in 1949 , who acted as episcopal commissarius on behalf of the Archbishop of Paderborn.

In 1958, when the Diocese of Essen was established , Paderborn gave the cities of Bochum , Wattenscheid , Lüdenscheid and Gelsenkirchen as well as the Altena and Ennepe-Ruhr districts to the new Ruhr Diocese . The former Paderborn auxiliary bishop Franz Hengsbach became the first bishop of this newly structured diocese . During his time in the Ruhr bishopric he was appointed cardinal .

In a letter dated January 20, 1966, Archbishop Lorenz Cardinal Jaeger ordered the division of the 39 deaneries in the western part of his diocese into seven pastoral regions. These existed for almost exactly forty years until they were dissolved on July 1, 2006.

From July 23, 1973, the eastern part of the archdiocese in the GDR was an apostolic administration . Thereafter, the archbishopric administration for this area was suspended until German reunification . On July 8, 1994, this previous Episcopal Office of Magdeburg became an independent diocese of the new Central German Church Province, comparable to Erfurt , which formerly belonged to Fulda. The Diocese of Hildesheim , which had been part of the Central German Church Province since 1930, became the suffragan of the newly established Archdiocese of Hamburg in 1995 .

See also: History of the Principality of Paderborn

Paderborn bishops

The role of the bishops of Paderborn has undergone major changes in over 1,200 years: missionary work, spiritual pastoral care and leadership, political sovereign and commander in chief. Different Paderborn bishops stood for all these roles.

In recent times, some priests and auxiliary bishops of the Diocese of Paderborn have been appointed to higher offices: The bishops of Osnabrück ( Franz-Josef Bode ), Fulda ( Heinz Josef Algermissen ), the emeritus bishop of Würzburg ( Paul-Werner Scheele ), the archbishop of Munich and Freising ( Reinhard Marx ), the Bishop of Speyer ( Karl-Heinz Wiesemann ) and the Curia Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes auxiliary bishops in Paderborn. The Curia Bishop Josef Clemens also comes from Paderborn. In 2012, Auxiliary Bishop Manfred Grothe headed the commission that examined the cost increases in the construction of the bishop's residence in the Diocese of Limburg; on March 26, 2014 Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst and appointed Grothe as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Limburg.

Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker

Since 2003 Hans-Josef Becker is the fourth Archbishop of Paderborn and Metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Paderborn . His predecessor Johannes Joachim Cardinal Degenhardt was in office from 1974 to 2002.

Paderborn Cathedral and Metropolitan Chapter

A cathedral chapter already emerged from the cathedral monastery founded by Charlemagne . It ended in 1810 when it was dissolved in the course of secularization . In the prince-bishopric of Paderborn, the cathedral chapter was the actual center of power, and in the early modern period it was closely linked to the Westphalian nobility. In 1821 the cathedral chapter was rebuilt in agreement with the new rulers of the territory, the Kingdom of Prussia. In 1930 it became a metropolitan chapter when the diocese was elevated to an archbishopric .

Diocesan calendar

In the Archdiocese of Paderborn, the regional calendar for the German-speaking area is supplemented by the following celebrations (followed by the rank)

Abbreviations: H = high festival, F = festival, G = mandatory day of remembrance, g = non-mandatory day of remembrance, CRG = Calendarium Romanum Generale , RK = regional calendar for the German-speaking area


Diocese structure

Development of membership numbers

With effect from July 1, 2006, the past pastoral care regions were dissolved by Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker. At the same time he reduced the number of deaneries to 19, most of which he combined into larger units. Since this structural reform of the so-called middle level, the Archdiocese has been divided into the following 19 deaneries:

  1. Paderborn : unchanged
  2. Büren-Delbrück : the previous dean's offices in Büren and Delbrück
  3. Höxter : the previous deaneries Brakel-Steinheim, Corvey and Warburg
  4. Rietberg-Wiedenbrück : the previous deaneries Rietberg and Wiedenbrück
  5. Bielefeld-Lippe : the previous deaneries Bielefeld and Lippe
  6. Herford-Minden : the previous deaneries of Herford and Minden
  7. Hellweg : the previous deans of Hamm, Soest and Werl, based in Werl
  8. Lippstadt-Rüthen : the previous deaneries Lippstadt and Rüthen
  9. Hochsauerland-West : the previous deaneries Arnsberg and Sundern
  10. Hochsauerland-Mitte : the previous deaneries of Meschede and Wormbach
  11. Hochsauerland-Ost : the previous deaneries Bigge-Medebach and Brilon-Marsberg
  12. Waldeck : unchanged
  13. South Sauerland : the previous deaneries Attendorn, Elspe and Olpe
  14. Siegen : unchanged
  15. Dortmund : the previous deaneries Dortmund-Mitte, Dortmund-Nordost, Dortmund-Süd and Dortmund-West without the pastoral associations Schwerte, Lünen-Mitte, Lünen-Südost and Brambauer
  16. Unna : the previous deanery Unna and the pastoral associations Schwerte, Lünen-Mitte, Lünen-Südost and Brambauer
  17. Emschertal : the previous deaneries Castrop-Rauxel, Herne and Wanne-Eickel
  18. Hagen-Witten : the previous deaneries Hagen and Witten
  19. Märkisches Sauerland : the previous deaneries Iserlohn and Menden

On January 1, 2010, the diocesan law for the territorial update of the pastoral areas in the Archdiocese of Paderborn came into force. This results in the merging and construction of the large pastoral rooms with the respective seat of the head of a pastoral room . This restructuring is expected to be completed by 2029. Most of the pastoral rooms have already been set up or the accompanying process has started (as of April 2015).

The dioceses of Erfurt , Fulda and Magdeburg are suffragan dioceses from Paderborn.

Finances and wealth

Like most bishoprics in Germany, the Diocese of Paderborn did not give a public account of its assets until the financial scandal surrounding the former Limburg bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst . On September 29, 2015, the Archdiocese published an annual balance sheet for the first time and disclosed its assets. Accordingly, the diocese's assets amounted to a good four billion euros on December 31, 2014. That is around 660 million euros more than the sum shown by the Archdiocese of Cologne in its balance sheet. In contrast to Cologne, the assets of the so-called Episcopal See are not included in Paderborn. The figures on the assets of the episcopal see and the cathedral chapter should not be presented until 2017/18. The budget volume of the archdiocese in 2014 was around 500 million euros. Most of the assets shown on the balance sheet consist of financial assets amounting to 3.6 billion euros. This includes a stock portfolio with a volume of 570 million euros and fixed-income securities (bonds) with a volume of almost 2.7 billion euros. The diocese last achieved a return of 3.1 percent per year.

According to the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, the Archdiocese of Paderborn is the wealthiest church organization in Germany after the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising with around 4 billion euros (2016).

Church institutions

Central facilities

The church institutions include the Archbishop's General Vicariate , the Archbishop's Diocesan Museum Paderborn , the Archbishopric Archive Paderborn , the Archbishop's Seminary and the Diocesan Library for the Archdiocese of Paderborn, the Archbishopric Academic Library Paderborn .

Paderborn Cathedral
St. Bonifatius educational institution in Elkeringhausen

Educational institutions


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Culture and sights


Pilgrimage sites


See also


  • Hans Jürgen Brandt, Karl Hengst : The Archdiocese of Paderborn. History - people - documents. Bonifatius, Paderborn 1990, ISBN 3-89710-005-3 .
  • Hans Jürgen Brandt, Karl Hengst: History of the Archdiocese of Paderborn . Bonifatius-Verlag, Paderborn, ISBN 3-89710-005-3 ,
    • Vol. 1: The Diocese of Paderborn in the Middle Ages , 2002.
    • Vol. 2: The Diocese of Paderborn from the Reformation to the Secularization 1532–1802 / 21 , 2007.
    • Vol. 3: The Diocese of Paderborn in the Industrial Age 1821–1930 , 1997.
    • Vol. 4: The Diocese of Paderborn 1930–2010 , 2014.
  • Georg Johann Bessen: History of the Diocese of Paderborn. 1820 (reprint: Wenner, Osnabrück 1977, ISBN 3-87898-110-4 ).

Web links

Commons : Archdiocese of Paderborn  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Archdiocese of Paderborn: Archdiocese of Paderborn. Facts and figures. Retrieved September 4, 2019 .
  2. a b Catholic Church in Germany. (PDF: 1,041 kB) Statistical data 2018. Secretariat of the German Bishops' Conference, July 19, 2019, p. 3 , accessed on July 19, 2019 .
  3. ^ The Archdiocese of Paderborn from secularization to the present day, homepage of the Archdiocese, accessed on November 11, 2015 Diocese history. From Charlemagne and Pope Leo III. into the here and now. In: Archbishop's General Vicariate, accessed September 4, 2019 .
  4. ^ Pastoral space in "Zukunftsbild Paderborn", accessed on October 18, 2015
  5. Paderborn richer than Cologne, accessed on September 29, 2015 ( Memento from September 30, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  6. ^ Homepage Archdiocese of Paderborn: Archdiocese reveals finances, accessed on September 29, 2015
  7. ^ Reich, even richer - Paderborn, accessed on September 29, 2015
  8. reveals finances, accessed on September 29, 2015
  9. 500 million euros budget volume, accessed on September 29, 2015
  10. Bayerischer Rundfunk: Infographic: The richest dioceses in Germany. June 20, 2016, accessed April 8, 2020 .

Coordinates: 51 ° 43 ′ 8 ″  N , 8 ° 45 ′ 27 ″  E