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 published: 2003-06-13

New Archbishop of the diocese of Freiburg: Robert Zollitsch

The newly-elected Archbishop is member of the Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests

Prälat Robert Zollitsch, Leiter der Abteilung Seelsorge-Personal, Erzbistum Freiburg, wird voraussichtlich Erzbischof der Erzdiözese Freiburg

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GERMANY, mkf. Robert Zollitsch will be new Archbishop of Freiburg, Germany. The 64-year-old previous personnel manager of the second-largest diocese of Germany (2.1 millions of Catholics) is member of the Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests.

Robert Zollitsch, who was elected by the 13-headed cathedral chapter, will succeed Archbishop Oskar Saier.

Zollitsch was born August 9, 1938 1938 in Filipovo, in former Yugoslavia; with the expulsion of Germans from the area after World War II, in 1946 he came, along with his family, to Tauberbischofsheim, diocese of Freiburg. As a student, he there got to know Schoenstatt, and joined the Schoenstatt Boys' Youth, later the Theologians. Already in 1964 he joined the emerging Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests. On May 27, 1965, he was ordained priest in the Freiburg Cathedral.

Committed to the International Schoenstatt Center in Rome - out of love for the church

In 1974, he was elected to the General Council of the Institute, and again in 1980. He served his community in this task until his obligations in the diocese forced him to resign. In 1983, he was appointed as personnel manager of the diocese. Since then, Robert Zollitsch, who in 1984 became member of the cathedral chamber, was in charge for the personnel planning and transfer of the pastoral work of the entire diocese.

Fr. Robert Zollitsch is specially committed to the International Rome Center and Shrine, said Fr. Oskar Bühler. The corner stone laying is scheduled for December 8. "He hardly ever missed any meeting of the 'Rome board', despite of his many obligations," Father Bühler added.

Actively face the challenges of the recent changes in the church

The new Archbishop wants to actively face the challenges of the recent changes in the church; during a celebration last year, he cited a Chinese proverb: When strong wind is blowing, some build walls, and others windmills." - "New ideas and new pastoral patterns usually arise when people depend on each other, when they listen to each other, and try to solve problems together," he said. A forward-looking and fruitful pastoral needs communication, sharing of ideas, coordination, mutual complementation and cooperation, encouragement and support through the brothers and sisters in faith.

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