The catholics in the wurzburg diocese have learned to appreciate them in the meantime: the church service commissioners who celebrate a liturgy with the faithful in the village churches on most sundays. The reason for this is the constantly growing shortage of priests. Where there is no priest to celebrate the eucharist, men and women volunteers have been proclaiming the word of god to the faithful for 25 years.
Volunteers are becoming increasingly important
in his festive sermon, domkapitular helmut gabel looked back on the history of the service commissioners. As early as the mid-1960s, the II. The bishops at the second vatican council have been thinking about such new forms of worship, says gabel. Bishop josef stangl then cleared the way for sunday church services in the wurzburg diocese in 1978. "25 years ago, 21 people from the old district of bad bruckenau were trained for this new task of the church service commissioner", told by domkapitular gabel. "These women and men had recognized the signs of the times. They took their mission as christians to proclaim the good news seriously and understood their task as service to god and service to people", gabel praised the honorary commitment of the first worship commissioners. With a view to the future, the domkapitular emphasized that in view of the rough pastoral space, the volunteers in the parishes are becoming increasingly important.