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Heinz Josef Algermissen

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His Excellency

Heinz Josef Algermissen
Bishop of Fulda
ChurchRoman Catholic
DioceseDiocese of Fulda
Appointed20 June 2001
Installed23 September 2001
Term ended5 June 2018
PredecessorJohannes Dyba
SuccessorMichael Gerber
Other post(s)Auxiliary Bishop of Paderborn
Ordination19 July 1969
by Lorenz Jaeger
Consecration21 September 1996
by Johannes Joachim Degenhardt
Personal details
Born (1943-02-15) February 15, 1943 (age 81)
DenominationRoman Catholic
MottoThesaurus In Vasis Fictilibus
Coat of armsHeinz Josef Algermissen's coat of arms
Coat of arms of Bishop Heinz Josef Algermissen

Heinz Josef Algermissen (born 15 February 1943 in Hermeskeil, Rhine Province) was bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fulda from 2001 until 2018.


After graduation from gymnasium in 1963, Algermissen studied philosophy and theology in Freiburg and Paderborn, where he was ordained priest on 19 July 1969 by Archbishop Cardinal Lorenz Jaeger. After serving as chaplain in Bielefeld and Mescheden, during which time he also counseled at the high school in Paderborn, he became parson in 1980 in Bielefeld-Schildesche, and dean in 1984. In 1991 he became regional dean for the deanery of Minden-Ravensberg-Lippe, and from 1994 to 1998 he was president of the Council of Bishops for the Archdiocese of Paderborn.

Pope John Paul II appointed Algermissen on 23 July 1996 as titular bishop Labicum and made him auxiliary bishop for Paderborn. His ordination took place on 21 September 1996, under the auspices of Johannes Joachim Degenhardt, Archbishop of Paderborn and later cardinal.

On 20 June 2001 John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Fulda, and on 23 September he was installed in Fulda Cathedral. Since 2002 he is president von Pax Christi, and since 2006 he is vice-president of an ecumenical committee dealing with Judaism for the German Bishops' Conference. His resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on 5 June 2018. He is succeeded by Michael Gerber as bishop of Fulda.[1]

Books authored[edit]

  • Heinz J Algermissen u.a.: Begegnungen. Mit ehemaligen ZwangsarbeiterInnen. hg. von Pax Christi Regensburg und der Arbeitsgemeinschaft für ehemalige ZwangsarbeiterInnen im Evangelischen Bildungswerk Regensburg e.V.. Edition Buntehunde, Regensburg 2003, ISBN 3-934941-07-9
  • Heinz J. Algermissen: Dem Wort auf der Spur. Hirtenbriefe, Predigten, Worte des Bischofs. Parzeller, Fulda 2003, ISBN 3-7900-0356-5
  • Heinz J. Algermissen: Morgenstern in finst’rer Nacht. Ein Begleiter für die Advents- und Weihnachtszeit. Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau, Basel, Wien 2005, ISBN 3-451-28747-1


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Fulda
2001 - 2018
Succeeded by
Michael Gerber