Scholars in the study year 2019-2020
On the 14th of November, in the course of our Thursday seminar, we made an excursion to the sacristy of Paderborn cathedral where we met students' priest Dr. Nils Petrat. Together with the sacristan, he explained to us which preparations precede a Catholic liturgical service and which vestments, books and vessels are needed. He put on the priest's clothing for mass for us and answered our questions. There was also enough time to discuss the similarities and differences between Orthodoxy and Latin Catholicism.
On Monday the 11th of November, we were invited to the meeting place of KHG (Katholische Hochschulgemeinde), the Catholic Students' Community of Paderborn. We got to know students from Paderborn and its surrounding area. The evening started with a wonderful Taizé prayer and continued with a get together in the common room. Students' priest Dr. Nils Petrat and referee Helena Schmidt told us what is known about the life of St. Martin whose feast day is the 11th of November and introduced us to the typical St. Martin's traditions. After that we got active ourselves and made our own St. Martin's lanterns. We lit the candles, started a small procession and sang the appropriate song "Ich geh' mit meiner Laterne" ("I go with my lantern").
On Tuesday the 5th of November in the evening, we were invited as guests to the building adjoining ours which is the priests' seminary. At 18:30, we started with the mass in the modern chapel of the seminary. The leader of the seminary, Msgr. Dr. Michael Menke-Peitzmeyer held an appealing and well comprehensible sermon on the hope for the coming unity of Christianity. He expressed appreciative words on the characteristics of the different denominations.
Afterwards, we introduced ourselves using only a view words ("hashtags") and got to know each other's interests and hobbies. We sat down for a tasty dinner along with interesting talks and exchange. Those we were able to continue afterwards in the "Pinte", the bar of the priests' seminary.
On Monday the 7th of October, we had the special chance to explore the cathedral of Paderborn together with the students' priest Dr. Nils Petrat. We were allowed to go up the choir area on the western side of the church and even up to the bells in the western tower. We looked with interest at the huge monument that was erected for prince bishop Dietrich von Fürstenberg in the 17th century and at the altar. Afterwards we entered the sacristy where we got to see the liturgical vestments and went down to the crypt to the bishops' graves.
We left the cathedral right at the closing hour - and still we hadn't seen all of it. During our study year, we will have time to explore more.
In order to get to know each other better and to live out our creativity, we attended a workshop of another kind on the 26th and 27th of September. We went to "Landhaus am Heinberg" where two theater pedagogues were already waiting for us: Katja and Boris from "Theater A Parte". Throughout two half-days, they showed us how to move along with the music, how we can make the best use of our voice, how to pantomimicly sew, catch fish and do handicraft work without having tools in our hands. Especially the group tasks were fun: Together we formed a wind-beaten tree and had to get from sinking boats through the imaginary water to the safe coast.
On the 18th of September 2019 after the morning prayer, we were off to the LWL open-air museum in Detmold together with Dr. Oeldemann and Christina Dietl. Walking around in the large territory, we enjoyed to be in the nature and felt like traveling back in time. The architecture and many parts of the houses that we were looking at and entered are up to 500 years old. We got a good picture of how people in Westfalia were living, cooking and working in former times. Even the workshop of a smith was open to us so that we could see how he was making pliers out of iron.
In continuation of our journey, we went to the Externsteine rocks. First, we settled down at a restaurant for lunch. Because of the long wait for our food we couldn't climb the rocks afterwards. We admired them from the ground, though, and made some nice photos to never forget this wonderful day together.
Afterwards, we visited the beautiful castle Corvey, formerly a monastery and seat of the prince bishop. In the course of a guided tour in German and English, we got to know a lot about the history of Northrhine-Westfalia; we looked at the church and the western part of the castle.
In order not to be late to our German language course, we made our way back to Paderborn then.