Henriette Crüwell: Worship service for new provost

AOn Friday, the previous Offenbach pastor Henriette Crüwell will be introduced as the new Protestant provost for the Rheinhessen and Nassauer Land region in the Oppenheimer Katharinenkirche. The office of provost is comparable to the duties of a regional bishop. Crüwell will then be responsible for 250,000 evangelical Christians in more than 200 parishes, their office is in Mainz. The Propstei Rheinhessen und Nassauer Land includes the Rhineland-Palatinate areas of the Protestants Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN). It extends from Mainz, Bingen and Ingelheim via Alzey to Worms. There are also areas in the Rhein-Lahn district around Nassau and parts of the Westerwald district. Crüwell will succeed Klaus-Volker Schütz, who worked as a provost for 22 years and is now retiring.

When running for the post, Crüwell advocated a church that "walks with the people." She wants to make sure "that we keep the joy of faith, the joy of being a church together, through all the changes in the coming years."

Originally Catholic

Most recently, Crüwell, born in 1971, was pastor of the Offenbach Friedenskirche. She initially studied law and completed her legal clerkship at the Darmstadt Regional Court in Darmstadt. Originally Crüwell was a Catholic. After graduating in law, she studied philosophy and Catholic theology at the Sankt Georgen University in Frankfurt. She completed her vicariate in Bonn, after which she became a parish priest on a trial basis in the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland. In 2014, Crüwell became pastor of the Frankfurt youth culture church Sankt Peter in Frankfurt, in 2016 she moved to her hometown Offenbach.

The inauguration of a new provost for Rheinhessen and Nassauer Land traditionally takes place in the Oppenheimer Katharinenkirche. The festive service on Friday will be organized by Ulrike Scherf, the deputy church president of the church EKHN. It starts at 5 p.m. and the celebration is open to everyone.

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