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Rector Karl Kern SJ

My roots are in Obernburg in Lower Franconia. In 1968 I entered the Jesuit order, aged 19. From 1996 onwards, I established the city chaplaincy in Nuremberg, a project we named "Open Church at St. Clare's". Between 1985 and 1995 I worked as a university chaplain in Karlsruhe, and before that, from 1981 to 1984, as a high school teacher for German, History and Religious Education at Kolleg St. Blasien.

Between 1971 and 1973 I studied philosophy at our Munich College, followed by studies in theology at Frankfurt-St. Georgen. On Oktober 2, 1976 I was ordained a priest at St. Michael's. Since 2010 I have been serving as the rector of this church.

Making our traditional faith come alive, particularly in sermon and liturgy, is a matter very dear to my heart, as is individual pastoral care in the confessional or the consulting room. As a city chaplain, I want to do more than merely tend a shrinking and aging flock: I want to introduce new milieus to our church and inspire them to follow Jesus. As rector of this church I am responsible for overall operations at St. Michael's Church and Center. Our rich, manifold offers in pastoral care are founded on teamwork.

Our union with Christ and our communion among each other are the essence of our church. Christ is already present in every human being. To awake and unfold this depth dimension of humanity is the principal task of our church in general and of city center chaplaincy in particular.

P. Karl Kern SJ

P. Karl Kern SJ
Pastoral caregiver
Rector of St. Michael's Church
kirchenrektor.st-michael@jesuiten.org


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