|Pilgrims' Mass With the Newly Ordained Priest Klemens
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,
|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.
After he finished middle school in Karaganda, Klemens worked as an
auto mechanic for three years. Through the many contacts with people
during that time he realized that, despite the harassment from by
godless Soviet System, many people were still searching for God, even
though he may often seem remote. In 1991 he joined the Jesuits in
Lithuania, two years later he went to Munich to study philosophy,
and he concluded his theology studies at the Gregorian University
in Rome. He is currently studying at the Weston Jesuit School for
Theology in Cambridge in the US. He plans to return to the former
Soviet Union, which has its own Society of Jesus, of which he is a
member. On August 10, in Novosibirsk, Klemens was ordained to the
priesthood by his own brother Joseph, and on August 25 he celebrated
his first Mass in Ilbenstadt, and on October 6 a pilgrimage Mass for
Germans from Russia at "Ave Maria" Church in Deggingen.
In his remarks he made the point that he is happy to return to Russia,
despite all the problems and difficulties that are left over from
the atheistic system there. During the course of time, his original
motivation toward becoming a priest, namely, a desire to help people
in their search for God in a world that the Communists left to them
as a religious wasteland, has only been strengthened.
| 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.
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