Hans-Josef Becker

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His Excellency
Hans-Josef Becker
Archbishop of Paderborn
Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Paderborn
Province Paderborn
Appointed 3 July 2003
Installed 28 September 2003
Predecessor Cardinal Johannes Joachim Degenhardt
Other posts Auxiliary Bishop of Paderborn
Ordination 11 June 1977
by Cardinal Johannes Joachim Degenhardt
Consecration 23 January 2000
by Cardinal Johannes Joachim Degenhardt
Personal details
Born (1948-06-08) 8 June 1948 (age 70)
Warstein Germany
Nationality German
Motto In Verbo Autem Tuo
Coat of arms Hans-Josef Becker's coat of arms

Hans-Josef Becker (8 June 1948 in Belecke, Warstein, Germany) is the Catholic archbishop of Paderborn, Germany.


Hans Josef Becker completed his advanced level examination in 1967, in Rüthen. Subsequently, he completed a teaching study, which was confirmed with a second state examination in 1972. There after, he studied theology and philosophy in Paderborn and Munich. On 11 June 1977 he was consecrated to the priesthood by Archbishop Johannes Joachim Degenhardt.

Styles of
Hans-Josef Becker
Coat of arms of Hans-Josef Becker.svg
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor

From 1979 to 1995, he worked as a pastor in Minden, Paderborn and Lippstadt. In the following four years, Becker led the Central Department of Pastoral Personnel (Zentralabteilung Pastorales Personal) for the Archbishopric of Paderborn. In 1999, he was appointed the auxiliary bishop of Paderborn by Pope John Paul II. After the death of Archbishop Degenhardt in the year 2002, Becker functioned for about a year as more of a diocesan administrator, before he was appointed as Archbishop of Paderborn on 28 September 2003.

Since 2006, Becker has been a chairman of the Commission for Education and Schools in the Conference of the German Bishops.



Translated from the German Wikipedia (24 March 2007)

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Johannes Joachim Degenhardt
Archbishop of Paderborn
Succeeded by