Wallfahrtsmesse mit Neupriester Klemens Werth
"Pilgrims’ Mass With the Newly Ordained Priest Klemens Werth." Volk auf dem Weg, December 2002, 29.
Translation from German to English by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado
|Newly ordained priest Klemens Werth gives his first blessing|
Klemens was born in 1969 in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. His father originally lived in Schoenchen on the Volga River and his mother in Speyer near Odessa. His parents met in Kazakhstan, where they had been deported to during Stalinist times. Klemens still has ten siblings. His elder brother Joseph is the Bishop of Novosibirsk in Siberia, and his sister Rosa is working with Bishop Clemens Pickel in Saratov. She belongs to the Order of "Servants of Jesus in the Eucharist."
Klemens' father was born in Ilbenstadt and is buried there. His mother and several siblings still live there.
|Solemn pilgrimage Mass in the "Ave Maria" Church in Deggingen, with the Primiziant (*) [the newly ordained priest, see asterisked note at the end of the article] as main celebrant.|
[The following parenthetical paragraph is in Italics in the original:]
* Primiziant [a German word with Latin roots] stands for a newly ordained Catholic priest, his first Mass is called Primizmesse, and his first blessing [=segen], highly respected in churchly tradition, is called the Primizsegen.
Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation of this article.