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Bursar General

P. Christian Körner, O.Carm.

Fr. Christian Körner, O.Carm., Bursar General.

Fr. 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 reelected 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.


As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."