General Secretary of the German Bishops’ Conference

Father Dr. Hans Langendörfer SJ

  • 1951 born in Bonn
  • 1972 entry into the Society of Jesus, studies in Munich and Frankfurt
  • 1979 ordination
  • 1981-1986 University of Bonn (doctorate in moral theology), scientific assistant on the project “Ethical Problems in Security Politics”
  • 1987-1989 scientific consultant for the Federal Chancellery
  • since 1989 director of the „Foyer der Jesuiten“ in Bonn, cooperation in different fields of Church activities related to European issues
  • 27-02-1996 elected General Secretary of the German Bishops’ Conference
  • 01-07-1996 assumption of office


Previous General Secretaries of the German Bishops’ Conference  

  • Prelate Wilhelm Schätzler (1983-1996)
  • Prelate Dr. Josef Homeyer (1972-1983)
  • Prelate Dr. Karl Forster (1966-1971)

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