40 years church overseer in knowledge: Claus Behner experienced 47 priests

Message from 21.04.2022

By Catherine Behner

Claus Behner has been the sacrificial parish priest of the “Exaltation of the Cross” in Wisdom for 40 years. On the occasion of this anniversary of service, the good spirit of the parish received numerous congratulations from all over the archdiocese.

Claus Behner has been a sacrificer of the Church of the Holy Cross in Knowledge for over 40 years. Pastor and Dean Martin Kürten (right) brings congratulations and blessings. (Photo: private)

Knowledge. Exactly on April 15, 1982, Claus Behner took office as the sacrificer of the parish “Raising the Cross” and can now recall 40 years of service to the faith. On Good Friday, on the occasion of this event, he received numerous congratulations from colleagues throughout the archdiocese and from the sexton association of Cologne. The Sacrifice of Cologne Cathedral, Hermann-Josef Müller, also made a special trip to convey his appreciation for Behner – no less with a special gift: a candle adorned with the emblem’s coat of arms and the Cologne sexton association. Müller particularly highlighted the 40 years that Behner has been active in the church community.

Pastor and Dean Martin Kürten also agreed. He wished her with all his heart for the anniversary. Behner has taken good care of the church over the years. His special thanks go to him for that, Kürten said.

Active in the parish even before training to become a sacrifice
Claus Behner completed his sacrificial training in Aachen. The 61-year-old has been working as an altar and lecturer since 1969. He is also active at the diocesan level. He was one of the founding members of the specialized group of sacrifices in the Archdiocese of Cologne.

As a parish priest, he devotedly takes care of the preparations of the masses. In addition to the liturgy, he especially likes the beloved design of the parish church “Height of the Cross”. For example in designing the Christmas bed or festive decorations for Easter. Year after year, the Nativity scene attracts many visitors from near and far, and a number of assistant workers are ready to help Behner set it up.

Since 1985, Behner has also worked as a communion assistant, visiting the sick and teaching altar boys. He also supports the teaching of future union children and confirmation candidates when needed. He also helps with organizational things, such as church renovation, to name just a few of his areas of responsibility.

In 1988 Behner was admitted as a family member to the Third Order of St. Norbert and in 2006 received a special honor when he was named honorary sacrificial. Throughout these years, Claus Behner has seen 47 priests, as well as seven deacons and three pastoral officers. If you ask what event was particularly extraordinary to him in the 40 years of his sacrificial activity, he should not think twice:

In addition to more than 1,680 baptisms, many funerals and over 550 weddings, special celebrations for World Catholic Youth Day in 2005 are a lasting memory for Behner. It was an extraordinary experience when more than 2,000 young French-speaking pilgrims came to Wisserland.

When asked how long he wants to continue, Behner smiles. It is a pious desire to fulfill 50 years. But until 2024 he definitely wants to continue the work he has always liked. But he is expecting a little more freedom in old age.

Shortly afterwards, Behneri, who celebrates his 62nd birthday in May, returns to work: the first communion of this year will soon be celebrated in the parish church “Rise of the Cross” in Dituri. And Behner has a lot to do. (KathaBe)

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