Schoenstatt Fathers in Germany to welcome a new priest and new deacon
The Bishop of Trier, Stephan Ackermann, will ordain Johannes Oelighoff as priest and Jakob Busch as deacon in Schoenstatt
May 5th. 2021
Photo: Bishop Stephan Ackermann
Monsignor Stephan Ackermann will celebrate Mass in Schoenstatt
The community of Schoenstatt Fathers is getting ready for a special celebration on May 9th. With the laying-on of hands and through the prayers of Bishop Stephan Ackermann, Johannes Oelighoff will receive the sacrament of priestly ordination and Jakob Busch the diaconate ordination.
“It is a great joy for us that at an especially difficult time of change in the Church in our country, two of our young brothers are taking this decisive step in their lives, and with all their strength, putting themselves totally at the service of Christ and the Church”, said Father Theo Breitinger, superior at the Schoenstatt Fathers in Germany’s Sion Province. “At the same time, we are also very thankful that the bishop of Trier, Stephan Ackermann, is coming to Schoenstatt during this time to ordain our brothers.”
⇐ “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jn 15:13; that is Sieger Köders inspiring message in the invitation to the ordination Mass. (Photo: private)
Johannes Oelighoff will receive the priestly ordination
Johannes Oelighoff is from Giessen and became involved with the Schoenstatt Movement through its Men’s Youth League. After finishing his baccalaureate qualification, he studied theology for four semesters at the Life School in Munich. He then went to Chile to complete a year of social work. At the end of 2013, he started his novitiate in Schoenstatt, Vallendar. After he finished his studies, he spent another year in Chile as an intern with the community of Schoenstatt Fathers. He was ordained deacon in 2020.
Johannes gained pastoral experience during the last year and a half in the parish of Eislingen/Fils, where he will continue working until the summer following his ordination.
“As a priest, I want to create places and moments where people can encounter and experience God. ‘Through faith, may Christ inhabit your hearts’ (Eph 3:17)”, said Johannes. “That is how I want to be the bearer of Christ for others.”
Jakob Busch will be ordained as deacon
Jakob Busch grew up in Langenberg, in the district of Gütersloh. Through the Families Movement he came into contact with Schoenstatt at an early age. After finishing high school, he went to Mexico to do some volunteer service for two years. When he returned to Germany, he transferred to Munich where he studied theology.
Together with Johannes and six other brothers he started his novitiate in Schoenstatt. In 2015 he restarted his theology studies in Munich which he finished in the summer of 2020. During this time, for about a year, Jakob also worked with the Men’s Youth in Freiburg. As preparation for his ordination as deacon, he has been working since September at a hospital chapel in Munich.
Jakob commented: “For me, being a deacon means putting myself next to Jesus and asking the person with him: ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ (Lk 18,41) By sharing, listening and understanding, I want to accompany the people.”