Adolf Kolping

Adolph Kolping, born in 1813, was the son of an agricultural worker and learned the shoemakers trade. As a journeyman, he experienced all the bad states and the miseries of the wanderings of the journeymen at that time. The misery of his many companions was an affront to him.
Therefore he gave up his trade and studied theology. In 1845, he was ordained a catholic priest.
The main emphasis was put on human education and a Christian attitude to profession, to family and the society. Adolph Kolping died in 1865 in Cologne.
Today about 8000 young people live in 60 Austrian Kolping houses. They also live in girls homes, mother and child homes or similar Kolping institutions. The principles of Adolph Kolping are still valid today!

As a chaplain, he gathered young men around him and began with systematic education work in small groups. In 1852, on his journey through Europe, he came to Austria for the first time.
For Kolping, the most urgent task became to create homes for young men during the time of their vocational training.

The Kolping family “Wien Währing” realizes these principles in the center of Vienna.


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