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    Abbé Franz Stock - Biography of Life

    Abbé Franz StockFranz Stock (21 September 1904, Neheim – 24 February 1948, Paris) was a German Roman Catholic priest. He is known for ministering to prisoners in France during World War II, and to German prisoners of war in the years following.

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    Franz Stock - a video portrait

    FFS Video Dranz Stock - a video portrait (18 min.) This video will give the viewer an overview of both Franz Stock's life, as well as of his peace aiming actions.

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    The Seminary in Camp Dèpôt 501

    With the capture of Paris by Allied troops, August 25, 1944, Abbé Stock, who was hospitalized at that time in La Pitié, became a prisoner of the Americans. Having been flown by plane in September 23 to the huge prisoner of war camp of Cherbourg, he soon came into contact with Abbé Rodhain and Abbé Le Meur of the Aumônerie Générale in Paris. Discussions were held about the religious care of German prisoners of war, and plans for the establishment of a seminary for captured students of theology were developped.

    Abbé Le Meur wrote on March 13, 1945 to Abbé Stock: “The French general, who is commanding the German prisoners in France, has decided, to open a seminary for all captured students of theology. I am presently making arrangements for this institution and to assemble all theologians at Orléans. Abbé Rodhain and I myself have thought for quite some time that you ought to head this establishment. Hence I am approaching you today to ask you officially, if you are willing under conditions, more hard than those under which you are presently living, to take over the spiritual education of those theologians. „I am taking the liberty to ask you urgently to accept this task and possibly this sacrifice.“

    The Church of France has taken steps in this regard which ought to lead to a renewal of Europe. And it cannot be emphasized sufficiently, that men of the church have set the track ahead of the politicians themselves for a German-French reconciliation and the unification of Europe.

    Abbé Stock hesitated for a long time but all the same accepted this mission, although he was of the opinion that he does not have the necessary qualification for such a task. In his reply of March 27 Abbé Le Meur wrote: “I am convinced, that the task which we are undertaking, will have an immense backing up influence to the mutual understanding of our both countries and the emanation of our beloved church.

    In accordance herewith the seminary was stationed at first in Orléans in the prisoner of war camp Dépôt 51 and later on in Chartres at the prisoner of war camp Dépôt 501. The bishop of Chartres, Monsignore Harscouet, held protection of the seminary. Commanding officer of the Camp was Colonel Gourut.

    Here in Chartres, students of theology were grouped together from all French camps holding them and they were given the chance to continue their studies or to begin studies as well. For the youngest ones they introduced a course to obtain high school graduation qualification. The university of Freiburg im Breisgau took over sponsorship of this seminary. This seminary was in existance for two years, which was absolutely unique in this kind in the history of the church. Until that time it was the largest seminary and it was a „Seminary behind barbed wire“ (Séminaire des barbelés), two facts which hitherto did not happen so far. A total number of 949 lecturers, priests, brothers and seminarists were there during the course of two years. It was closed June 5, 1947. The last 369 seminarists left the prisoner of war camp.

    Nuncio Roncalli, then residing in Paris, the later Pope John XXIII, visited the seminary four times. During one of such visits he declared: „The seminary of Chartres does honor to France as well as Germany. It is very well fit to become a sign of understanding and reconciliation.“ And the canon of the cathedral of Chartres, Pierre André, secretary of the bishop of Chartres, later on said time and again: “The Mont Valérien and the seminary of Chartres are both the foundation of the German-French reconciliation and the unified Europe.”

    Abbé Stock during this farewell speach shortly before closing of the seminary, addressed the seminarists: „One of the divine supervision desired number of holy men will suffice, to rescue our epoch. It is the Providence, which is hurling towards us this call for holiness by the voice of the history, and we must hear it, to bring to the world the message of freedom and peace, salvation and love.” Abbé Pihan, preacher in Notre Dame, named the 20th aniversary of Stock’s day of death a prophetic message, and Abbé Stock himself stood up himself to this call for holiness.


    News Les Amis de Franz Stock - France

    • Théâtre le 6 août 2022 à Paris
      01 July 2022

      Une pièce de théâtre inspirée de l'orchestre des femmes d'Auschwitz va être jouée à Paris en août.
      Le document ci dessous vient du filleul d'Helga Walbum, Sascha Dücker, chanteur et responsable du projet. 
      Les chants sont en allemand mais surtitrés en français.

      Cliquer ici pour lire le

    • Procédure de béatification de Franz Stock
      01 July 2022

      Chers Amis de Franz Stock,

      L'Archevêché de Paderborn a émis Jeudi 30 juin, un communiqué par lequel il annonce que la Congrégation pour la cause des saints à Rome a mis fin à la procédure de béatification de Franz Stock qui était en cours car « dans l'état actuel des choses les

    • Vendredi 10 juin, visite du SDB par des étudiants en théologie de Bavière
      13 June 2022

      Accompagné du Professeur Stephan Müller, professeur émérite de théologie morale de l'université  catholique de Eichstätt (Bavière), un groupe d'étudiants en théologie de cette université a visité le Séminaire des Barbelés le vendredi 10 juin 2022.

      A l'issue de cette visite guidée en allemand assurée par Jean Mercier, 
      le Professeur Müller a célébré une messe dans la chapelle du Séminaire.

      11 et 12 juin , exposition des artistes euréliens autour de Franz Stock
      09 June 2022

      Samedi 11 juin de 14h00 à 18h00 et dimanche 12 juin de 10h00 à 19h00 au Séminaire des Barbelés au Coudray (36 rue Bellangères) :
      Exposition des artistes euréliens.

      12e exposition autour de Franz Stock. Entrée libre.

      Dessin, peinture, sculpture, de nombreuses techniques artistiques seront présentées.


    • 26 mai 2022, visite du SDB par des pèlerins de la paroisse des Mureaux
      30 May 2022
      Un groupe de pèlerins de la Paroisse des Mureaux, accompagnés du Père Faure, se sont installés dans la Chapelle du Séminaire pour y suivre une conférence sur l'Abbé Franz Stock.
      Après un moment de concertation sur ce personnage, ils ont emprunté le parcours Franz Stock pour se rendre à pied à Notre Dame de Chartres.

    News Franz-Stock-Komitee - Germany

    • Terminübersicht
      01 January 2023

    • Verfahren zur Seligsprechung von Franz Stock eingestellt
      30 June 2022
      Nach anfänglich positiven Signalen vorerst keine weitere Prüfung
      Pressemitteilung des Erzbistums Paderborn vom 30.06.2022:

      Das Seligsprechungsverfahren des Paderborner Priesters Franz Stock ist ohne positives Ergebnis beendet worden. Das entschied die zuständige Kongregation für die Selig- und

    • Elternhaus Stock für Besucher geöffnet
      02 June 2022

      Das Elternhaus Stock ist weiterhin für Besucher geöffnet. Derzeit laufen die Vorbereitungen zur Erweiterung der Gedenkstätte im Elternhaus Stock. Bis zum Baubeginn dauert es noch etwas.

      Die Gedenkstätte in der Franz-Stock-Str. 18, 59755 Arnsberg-Neheim (

    • Wanderausstellung in St. Michael Arnsberg-Neheim
      01 June 2022

      Unsere Wanderausstellung "Franz Stock - Versöhnung durch Menschlichkeit" wird derzeit wieder in der St.-Michaels-Kirche Neheim, Alter Holzweg 1, 59755 Arnsberg gezeigt.

      Nach der Rückkehr vom Katholikentag in Stuttgart wird sie hier bis zur nächsten Ausleihe präsentiert.

      Öffnungszeiten der St.-Michaels-Kirche:
      Mo.: 9.00-17.00 Uhr,
      Di.-Sa.: 08.00-17.00 Uhr,
      So.: -
      (in den Schulferien

    • Wanderung zum Borberg am 13.08.2022
      26 May 2022

      Nachdem wir bereits 2020 und 2021 jeweils eine Wanderung zum Borberg mit Gottesdienst und anschließendem gemeinsamen Beisammensein angeboten haben, möchten wir an die schönen Erlebnisse und Gespräche anknüpfen und werden auch in diesem Jahr wieder eine Wanderung zum Borberg veranstalten. Auf dem alten Kreuzweg werden wir von Olsberg ausgehend an 13 Stationen Halt machen und uns von den spirituellen Texten Pfarrer Göddekes inspirieren lassen.


    VDFG / FAFAThe Franz Stock associations are cooperating with VDFG / FAFA. Vereinigung Deutsch-Französischer Gesellschaften für Europa e.V. (VDFG) is an association working in a supra-partisan and interdenominational way, having its French counterpart in the Associations Franco-Allemandes pour l´Europe (FAFA).

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