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Bursar General

P. Christian Körner, O.Carm.

At the General Chapter which is held every six years a friar is elected to be the Bursar General of the Order. The Bursar General administers the assets of the Order, takes care of the financial affairs of the General Council while liaising with the different areas of the Order. He convenes the financial commission which helps to determine the financial strategy of the Order ensuring that it is consistent with the Order’s preferential option for the poor and the marginalised.

At the General Chapter in September 2019, Father Christian Körner was elected as the Order’s Bursar General.

Father Christian was born in Würzburg (Bavaria), Germany, on July 27 1959.  He entered the Carmelite Order in 1981, following his studies at the school of the Carmelite Theresianum  in Bamberg.  He made his Simple Profession on September 8, 1982 and Solemn Profession on September 7, 1986.

He completed his studies in Philosophy and Theology in Bamberg and Rome.  After he was ordained a priest in 1988, Father Christian worked in a Parish as Vice Parish Priest.  He was Master of Novices from 1992 to 1997 and for the next three years from 1997 to 2000 Master of the students.  Before his first election as Prior Provincial of the German Province in 2000 (to 2007) he was Prior of the community of Bamberg and Provincial Counsellor.  From 1994 to 2007 he was member of the International Commission for Formation of the Order.

At the General Chapter 2007 Fr. Christian was elected Vice Prior General of the Order to serve for six year term 2007-2013 and at the General Chapter 2013 he was re-elected to serve for the second term 2013-2019. Then at the General Chapter in 2019, he was elected Bursar General of the Order to serve for six year term 2019-2025.


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