Joachim Vobbe, German Old Catholic prelate, Died at 70


Joachim Gerhard Vobbe was born on January 5, 1947 and died on July 26, 2017.

He was a bishop of the Catholic Diocese of the Old Catholics in Germany.

He was ordained a priest on 14 June 1972.

Joachim married and has two sons.

When he completed serving as a chaplain (Kaplan) for five years in Catholic parishes in Cologne (1972–1974) and Düsseldorf (1974–1977), he joined the Old Catholic Church in 1977, becoming rector in Blumberg until 1982.

Vobbe then served in Offenbach, latterly as Dean of Hesse.

Durung 1994, the 52nd Ordinary Diocesan Synod elected him to become their ninth diocesan bishop, succeeding Sigisbert Kraft.

Joachim Vobbe was consecrated a bishop on 24 March 1995, serving as the Bishop of the Old Catholics in Germany (based in Bonn) until 2009.

Whilst he was bishop of a church in full communion with the Church of England, he has been licensed as an honorary assistant bishop in that church’s Diocese in Europe since 1999.

Joachim Vobbe died at Königswinter.

Joachim Vobbe passed away at 70 years old.