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Kolping, Adolf
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(Dec 8, 1813, Kerpen near Cologne – Dec 4, 1865, Cologne) was the son of a small farmer and originally a journeyman cobbler who, in part through private study, achieved his Abitur (high-school diploma) in 1841. He studied theology in Munich and Bonn, was ordained priest in Cologne in 1845, and became chaplain in Elberfeld. When, as the president of the Gesellenverein, “journeyman union,” founded there in 1846 by the teacher Johann Gregor Breuer, Kolping was again confronted with the needs of the journeyman class and the industrial proletar…

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Weitlauff, Manfred, “Kolping, Adolf”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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