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Discover your (new) home!

Welcome to the Archdiocese of Cologne! Here you will find a vibrant and diverse Catholic community that accompanies and inspires you on your faith journey. With over 500 parishes and numerous spiritual offerings, we provide you with a rich and authentic Catholic life.

Whether you have been living in Cologne for a long time or are considering coming to Cologne, we are excited to live and share our faith together with you.

In the Archdiocese of Cologne, you can live your faith authentically and wholeheartedly. We value and celebrate the diversity of spiritualities, traditions, rituals, and expressions. Here, you will find a place where you are welcome and where you can unfold your unique faith life.

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It doesn't get more Catholic!

With 1.8 million Catholics, over 500 communities, and more than 1,500 priests, deacons, pastoral workers, and religious, there are endless opportunities to live out your faith.

In addition to youth churches, university communities, and spiritual centers, our international communities offer services and pastoral care in different languages, bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. In our youth groups and associations, you can deepen your faith, form new friendships, and grow personally.

The Archdiocese of Cologne is a place of encounter, where people from different cultures and backgrounds come together to live and celebrate the Catholic faith. No matter where you come from, what language you speak, or what cultural heritage you have, you will find an open and inclusive environment where you can deepen your faith.

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  • How do I know if I am called to marriage and family?
    Die Berufung zur Ehe und Familie wird oft durch eine tiefe Sehnsucht nach Liebe, einem Verlangen nach einem Leben in Gemeinschaft und dem Wunsch erkennbar, Kinder zu haben. Gebet, Reflexion und geistliche Begleitung können dir helfen, deine Berufung besser zu verstehen.
  • Is it bad if I'm in a relationship without being married?
    As Catholics, we believe in the sacred significance of marriage as a lifelong covenant before God. It is a sacrament based on love, fidelity, and commitment. However, that does not mean that having a relationship without being married is inherently "wrong." Each of us follows our own path and experiences different phases in life. It is important to act respectfully and responsibly in relationships. If you are in a relationship, you should consider your values and beliefs and ensure that your relationship is characterized by love, honesty, and mutual respect.
  • What role does faith play in marriage and the family?
    Faith plays a central role in marriage and family life. It is important for couples and families to pray together, receive the sacraments, and live out their faith in their daily lives. Faith provides strength, guidance, and the ability to overcome challenges.
  • If I choose marriage and family, can I achieve my personal goals and dreams?
    The decision to enter into marriage and start a family does not mean that you have to give up your personal goals and dreams. Instead, it is an invitation to share your dreams with your spouse and together build a fulfilling and meaningful future.
  • What can I do if I'm in a relationship and feel a calling to marriage?
    Marriage is a lifelong commitment based on unconditional love and fidelity. If you are already in a relationship, it is important to have an open and honest conversation with your partner about whether you both share this vision. You can pray together and engage in activities within the Church to gain clarity on whether you are on the same path ... ... and then, have the courage to take the next step!

Build your future with us!

If you have a burning passion for faith and find joy in serving others, you're in the right place with us. We offer unique opportunities to turn your passion into a profession.

Study at renowned theological faculties such as the State University of Bonn or the Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. Combine academic knowledge with a lived faith and find a home in our communities.

As a young man, learn everything you need for the service of God and humanity in our seminary. Our vocational training in pastoral ministry provides comprehensive qualifications for work in pastoral care and education as a theologian.

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  • How do I know if I am called to marriage and family?
    Die Berufung zur Ehe und Familie wird oft durch eine tiefe Sehnsucht nach Liebe, einem Verlangen nach einem Leben in Gemeinschaft und dem Wunsch erkennbar, Kinder zu haben. Gebet, Reflexion und geistliche Begleitung können dir helfen, deine Berufung besser zu verstehen.
  • Is it bad if I'm in a relationship without being married?
    As Catholics, we believe in the sacred significance of marriage as a lifelong covenant before God. It is a sacrament based on love, fidelity, and commitment. However, that does not mean that having a relationship without being married is inherently "wrong." Each of us follows our own path and experiences different phases in life. It is important to act respectfully and responsibly in relationships. If you are in a relationship, you should consider your values and beliefs and ensure that your relationship is characterized by love, honesty, and mutual respect.
  • What role does faith play in marriage and the family?
    Faith plays a central role in marriage and family life. It is important for couples and families to pray together, receive the sacraments, and live out their faith in their daily lives. Faith provides strength, guidance, and the ability to overcome challenges.
  • If I choose marriage and family, can I achieve my personal goals and dreams?
    The decision to enter into marriage and start a family does not mean that you have to give up your personal goals and dreams. Instead, it is an invitation to share your dreams with your spouse and together build a fulfilling and meaningful future.
  • What can I do if I'm in a relationship and feel a calling to marriage?
    Marriage is a lifelong commitment based on unconditional love and fidelity. If you are already in a relationship, it is important to have an open and honest conversation with your partner about whether you both share this vision. You can pray together and engage in activities within the Church to gain clarity on whether you are on the same path ... ... and then, have the courage to take the next step!

Coming from abroad to Cologne!

Internationality and cultural sensitivity are part of the identity of our Archdiocese. Whether in our communities, at the two international theological universities, in our youth groups, or in our seminary, you are warmly welcome!

We offer you a deep exploration of personal faith, help you engage with different spiritualities, and form lifelong friendships. It is important to us that you integrate your native language and cultural background into your education and professional activities.

What should you bring? Above all, curiosity and a passion for your faith. Additionally, you should have a residence or permanent residence permit in the European Union and good knowledge of the German language. Do you have any questions? Feel free to reach out to us! We are happy to have our initial conversation in English as well!

Ausland
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Aus dem Ausland
  • How do I know if I am called to marriage and family?
    Die Berufung zur Ehe und Familie wird oft durch eine tiefe Sehnsucht nach Liebe, einem Verlangen nach einem Leben in Gemeinschaft und dem Wunsch erkennbar, Kinder zu haben. Gebet, Reflexion und geistliche Begleitung können dir helfen, deine Berufung besser zu verstehen.
  • Is it bad if I'm in a relationship without being married?
    As Catholics, we believe in the sacred significance of marriage as a lifelong covenant before God. It is a sacrament based on love, fidelity, and commitment. However, that does not mean that having a relationship without being married is inherently "wrong." Each of us follows our own path and experiences different phases in life. It is important to act respectfully and responsibly in relationships. If you are in a relationship, you should consider your values and beliefs and ensure that your relationship is characterized by love, honesty, and mutual respect.
  • What role does faith play in marriage and the family?
    Faith plays a central role in marriage and family life. It is important for couples and families to pray together, receive the sacraments, and live out their faith in their daily lives. Faith provides strength, guidance, and the ability to overcome challenges.
  • If I choose marriage and family, can I achieve my personal goals and dreams?
    The decision to enter into marriage and start a family does not mean that you have to give up your personal goals and dreams. Instead, it is an invitation to share your dreams with your spouse and together build a fulfilling and meaningful future.
  • What can I do if I'm in a relationship and feel a calling to marriage?
    Marriage is a lifelong commitment based on unconditional love and fidelity. If you are already in a relationship, it is important to have an open and honest conversation with your partner about whether you both share this vision. You can pray together and engage in activities within the Church to gain clarity on whether you are on the same path ... ... and then, have the courage to take the next step!
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