Joachim Vobbe

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Vobbe in November 2009

Joachim Gerhard Vobbe[1] (January 5, 1947[2] – July 26, 2017) was a German bishop for the Catholic Diocese of the Old Catholics in Germany. He was born in Bad Honnef, Germany.

Vobbe was ordained a priest on 14 June 1972.[2] After serving as a chaplain (Kaplan) for five years in Catholic parishes in Cologne (1972–1974) and Düsseldorf (1974–1977),[1] he joined the Old Catholic Church in 1977,[2] becoming rector in Blumberg until 1982.[1] He then served in Offenbach, latterly as Dean of Hesse.[2]

Vobbe served as the Bishop of the Old Catholics in Germany (based in Bonn) until 2009. As bishop of a church in full communion with the Church of England, he has been licensed as an honorary assistant bishop in that church's Diocese in Europe since 1999.[1]

Vobbe died at Königswinter on 26 July 2017 of prostate cancer at the age of 70.[3]

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