Hans-Josef Becker

Hans-Josef Becker (8 June 1948 in Belecke [de], Warstein, Germany) is the Catholic archbishop of Paderborn, Germany.

His Excellency

Hans-Josef Becker
Archbishop of Paderborn
Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker
ChurchRoman Catholic
ArchdioceseArchdiocese of Paderborn
Appointed3 July 2003
Installed28 September 2003
PredecessorCardinal Johannes Joachim Degenhardt
Other post(s)Auxiliary Bishop of Paderborn
Ordination11 June 1977
by Cardinal Johannes Joachim Degenhardt
Consecration23 January 2000
by Cardinal Johannes Joachim Degenhardt
Personal details
Born (1948-06-08) 8 June 1948 (age 73)
Warstein Germany
MottoIn Verbo Autem Tuo
Coat of armsHans-Josef Becker's coat of arms


Hans Josef Becker completed his advanced level examination in 1967, in Rüthen. Subsequently, he completed a teaching study, which was confirmed with a second state examination in 1972. There after, he studied theology and philosophy in Paderborn and Munich. On 11 June 1977 he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Johannes Joachim Degenhardt.

Styles of
Hans-Josef Becker
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleMonsignor

From 1979 to 1995, he worked as a pastor in Minden, Paderborn and Lippstadt. In the following four years, Becker led the Central Department of Pastoral Personnel (Zentralabteilung Pastorales Personal) for the Archbishopric of Paderborn. In 1999, he was appointed the auxiliary bishop of Paderborn by Pope John Paul II. After the death of Archbishop Degenhardt in the year 2002, Becker functioned for about a year as more of a diocesan administrator, before he was appointed as Archbishop of Paderborn on 28 September 2003.

Since 2006, Becker has been a chairman of the Commission for Education and Schools in the Conference of the German Bishops.


  • Manfred, Grothe (31 March 2004). Auf dein Wort hin: Amtseinführung von Erzbischof Hans-Josef Becker [On Your Word: The Inauguration of Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker] (in German). Paderborn: Bonifatius GmbH. ISBN 3-89710-281-1.


Translated from the German Wikipedia (24 March 2007)

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Johannes Joachim Degenhardt
Archbishop of Paderborn
Succeeded by