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Johannes Bündgens

Johannes Bündgens

Bishop of Aachen
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Bishop of Aachen
A.K.A. Bündgens
Countries Germany
Occupations Catholic priest Theologian
Gender male
Birth 2 April 1956 (Eschweiler)
Star sign Aries
Education Pontifical Gregorian University, Städtisches Gymnasium Eschweiler
The details
Biography

Johannes Bündgens (born 2 April 1956 in Eschweiler) is auxiliary bishop of Aachen.

Born in Eschweiler, he applied to become a priest after graduation in school in 1974. After studying theology and philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he was ordained a priest on 10 October 1980. From 1981-85 he worked as chaplain at the St. Cornelius parish, Viersen-Dülken. He then worked at the Gregorian University, until he graduated as Doctor of Theology in 1990.

Returning to his home diocese, he then worked in the general vicariate, as well as being an auxiliary priest appointed to support the parishes of Kornelimünster/Walheim and Venwegen. In 1992 he became spiritual advisor at the Collegium Leoninum seminary in Bonn, 1997 also spiritual for the deacons. In 2002 he was appointed as priest for several parishes in Heimbach (Eifel), he also worked in the diocese for the beatification of Heinrich Hahn.

On 15 March 2006 he was appointed as auxiliary bishop of Aachen and titular bishop of Árd Carna. He was ordained on 20 May by Heinrich Mussinghoff in the Aachen Cathedral.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of Johannes Bündgens is based on the coat of arms of the diocese of Aachen, a black cross on a golden shield. The inner blue shield displays a golden "love knot" in the middle, symbolizing the love between God and men. It is also an allusion to his family name, which relates to the word bonding. It also looks similar to Celtic ornamentic plaits, which connects the coat of arms to his titular diocese of Árd Carna in Ireland. A golden trefoil leaf above and below the knot also symbolizes the connection with Ireland, as well as his ancestry of farmers. The colors blue and golden were chosen as the colors of his hometown Eschweiler.

The slogan of Bishop Bündgens is Mysterium magnum Ecclesia (This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church), taken from Epistle to the Ephesians (5:32).

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References
http://bistum.kibac.de/weihbischoefe/buendgens/lebenslauf
http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nb2011025047
http://isni.org/isni/0000000356223003
https://d-nb.info/gnd/189563354
https://viaf.org/viaf/182447683
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q85597
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/182447683
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