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Blessed Adolph Kolping (8 December 1813 — 4 December 1865) was a German Roman Catholic priest and the founder of the Kolping Association.
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Adolph Kolping was born on 8 December 1813 in Kerpen as the fourth of five children to the poor shepherd Peter Kolping (d. 12 April 1845) and Anna Maria Zurheyden (d. 4 April 1833).
Kerpen has also become famous as being the hometown of the Catholic priest and social reformer Adolph Kolping and the Formula One racing drivers Michael Schumacher and his brother Ralf Schumacher as well as Wolfgang von Trips and reggae artist Patrice Bart-Williams.

Unsere Besten

He is remembered as the "Father of All Apprentices" and in 2003 was ranked eleventh in the Unsere Besten.
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In summer 1834 he attended the Three Kings School and afterwards in 1841 began his theological education in Munich (1841–42) at the college there as well as later in Bonn (1842–44) and Cologne (26 March 1844 – 1845).


In 1847 he became the second president of the Gesellenverein which gave its members both religious and social support.
They were originated by Adolph Kolping, surnamed the Journeymen's Father (Gesellenvater).

Christian left

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This was particularly true among the Methodists and Anglo-Catholics in England, Father Adolph Kolping in Germany and Joseph Cardijn in Belgium.

Kolping Park and Chapel

In 1849, Adolph Kolping founded a Catholic journeymen's association, the forerunner of what today is known as the Kolping Society.

List of people beatified by Pope John Paul II

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* Adolf Kolping (1813–1865)


The Town of Nieheim
The Weberhaus Nieheim, the doctor, poet and politician Friedrich Wilhelm Weber's former abode, today houses a widely known Kolping diocesan training centre and a Heimvolkshochschule, which lends itself well to any form of training work and has at its disposal the best technical equipment.

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful

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A large bonfire on Easter Sunday is another tradition in Balve, organized by the Kolpingsfamilie Balve.

Joseph Müller (priest)

Joseph Müller
He was devoted to spritiual guidance, especially of young workers according to the teachings of Adolph Kolping.

Richard Stumpf

After the unemployment due to the global economic crisis Stumpf finally found a job as a hostel warden of the "Mainzerhof" of the Kolping Society in Heiligenstadt in Thuringia (Germany).

Alban Stolz

Alban Stolz
In 1851 he founded at Freiburg the Catholic Journeymen's Association after the model of Kolping's, and conducted it as director and later as diocesan president.