Eugene Kleindienst

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Eugen Josef Kleindienst (* 1952 in Reisensburg ) is a German Catholic theologian.


Kleindienst studied Catholic theology in Augsburg . In 1978 he was ordained a priest. He was then an assistant priest in Günzburg an der Donau and in Asch. In the same year he became city chaplain in St. Anton zu Augsburg and then a research assistant to pastoral theologian Professor Karl Forster . He then worked as secretary to Bishop Josef Stimpfle , was from 1984 as successor to Otto Weckbach as vicar general , from 1993 as finance director ( episcopal vicar for economic affairs) and cathedral dean in the diocese of Augsburg .

In 2003, Kleindienst was appointed to the diplomatic service by the Foreign Office at the German Embassy at the Holy See in Rome. There he was Spiritual Counselor First Class until his retirement in 2015, until Oliver Lahl took over the position of Spiritual Consultor in 2016. In this role he was responsible for the Church and Theology department.

In 1996 Kleindienst was a co-founder of the Dominikus -ringenisen-Werk Foundation . He was also the first chairman of the Association for the History of the Augsburg Diocese and held the honorary office until 2003; Manfred Weitlauff was his successor .

In 1993 he was appointed by Cardinal Grand Master Giuseppe Cardinal Caprio as Comtur with Star of the Papal Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and invested on May 15, 1993 by Bishop Anton Schlembach , Grand Prior of the German Lieutenancy . He belongs to the Commandery St. Ulrich and Afra in Augsburg. He is involved in numerous social projects in the Holy Land . He is a member of the German Association of the Holy Land .

honors and awards


  • The cathedral portal at the high cathedral in Augsburg . Augsburg 2003, ISBN 3-936484-18-X
  • Splendor and humility; Rome - remember and experience . Dominus-Verlag, Augsburg 2017. ISBN 978-3-940879-54-7
  • (Ed.): Yearbook of the Association for the History of the Augsburg Diocese . 36th year of birth 2002. Ceremony for prelate Prof. Dr. Peter Rummel on his 75th birthday

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