|The Most Reverend
|Auxiliary bishop of Cologne|
Manfred Melzer, 2014
|Ordination||February 1, 1972|
|Consecration||September 10, 1995|
|Rank||Auxiliary Bishop of Cologne|
February 28, 1944 |
|Motto||Deum Diligendo cognoscere|
|Coat of arms|
Manfred Melzer (born 28 February 1944) is a German bishop of the Roman Catholic Church. Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, Melzer is currently serving as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cologne.
Born in Solingen-Ohligs, Melzer studied in Bonn, Freiburg im Breisgau and Cologne theology. He was ordained to the Priesthood on 1 February 1972 by Cardinal Joseph Höffner, the then Archbishop of Cologne at the Cologne Cathedral. Upon his ordination, Cardinal Höffner made Melzer his personal secretary and the cathedral administrator. He remained Cardinal Höffner's secretary until Höffner's death in 1987. On 17 March 1984, Pope John Paul II appointed him Chaplain of His Holiness. In 1988, he began serving as a priest in Waldbröl and the municipality Nümbrecht,
On 9 June 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed Melzer the titular bishop of Carinola (Italy) and auxiliary bishop in Cologne. He was consecrated by the Cologne archbishop Joachim Meisner on 10 September 1995 in the Cologne Cathedral. Melzer is responsible for the pastoral district middle of the archbishopric of Cologne; the town and surroundings (20 deanships). At the same time, the archbishop appointed him the bishop's curate for the women's orders in the archbishopric of Cologne. In 1998 Melzer was chosen in the metropolitan chapter.
As a member of the German Bishops' Conference, he is a member of the pastoral commission and the commission for questions of the world church. Since 2004, Melzer is also chairperson of German Lourdes, an association Cologne inc. He also is the representative of the Archdiocese of Cologne in Misereor eV and representative of the Archbishop in the Cardinal Höffner Society . In 2006 the German bishops chose him to be the representative for Catholic police officers in Germany and to take care of their spiritual welfare.
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