ALBUM FOR JOSEPH - A pictorial chronology of his life from 1927-1977

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00Monday, June 11, 2007 11:52 PM
Papa's parents in Freising.

00Saturday, June 30, 2007 7:08 PM

ThE original post here became so muddled because of the subsequent - and very welcome -
photo additions by Palma of Ordination Day and the First Mass, so I have decided to limit this post
to the pre-ordination Ratzi- and reorganize the Ordination/First Mass photos in another post.

Left photo, he is a Mass attendant to Fr. Laepple in 1947;
right photo, taken at a bell consecration ceremony Buchfelln,
also in 1947, seen in larger size below from a photograph
provided by Palma to replace the earlier photo we posted here
which did not have a caption:

I've now traced the pictures below to the Pfarrbrief (Parish Letter) section of the parish website of Otting,
a town 10 kms. from Traunstein. Taken on July 16, 1950 at the Primiz or First Mass of Anton Zahnbrecher.

The caption says: From left to right, the following priests are praying at the War Memorial: Pfr. Mühlhauser of Engelsberg, Pfr. Eglseer of Wintermoning (who preached the homily), First-Mass celebrant Anton Zahnbrecher und Pfr. Brandstätter of Waging. [Pfr stands for Pfarrer, or parish priest]. And in the enlarged cropping below: Josef Ratzinger, at the time still
a theology student, between Anton Zahnbrecher and Pfr. Brandstätter.

Here is a translation of the brief item accompanying the photos:


Pope Benedict XVI has sung in our church, oldtimers in Otting always say. The proof
is shown in these photograph taken at the Ottinger War Memorial on the occasion of
the First Mass of later parish priest Anton Zahnbrecher. Can you recognize the young
theology student?

At that time, he still had one year to go until his own Primiz. At the time, he often
came to Otting to sing with his fellow seminarians at the church.

[Some info follows about Zahnbrecher, who was born in 1921, attended gymnasium in Traunstein,
did military service during the war, and studied theology in Freising from 1945-1950 - a remarkably
similar early course as Joseph Ratzinger's. He was a parish priest in various Munich parishes
until 1980 when he had to retire because of illness. He died in 1991.]


Commemorative card of Ordination (Freising, 6/21/1951)
and First Mass (Traunstein, 7/8/1951)
Joseph and Georg Ratzinger

Not too long ago, a new member Kate posted this in the main forum,
from the Cologne exhibit:

Just before ordination.

00Saturday, June 30, 2007 9:09 PM
Sehr, sehr schoen!!!!!
Oh how very beautiful! Thank you for isolating his image and enlarging.
00Saturday, June 30, 2007 11:13 PM
How wonderful! Thanks Teresa for posting. The first two I have not seen before.
00Sunday, July 1, 2007 11:43 PM
Many thanks Teresa for this treasure trove of gorgeous images!
00Monday, July 2, 2007 12:04 AM



As usual, you make our day!



00Tuesday, July 3, 2007 12:20 AM
Joseph Ratzinger as alter-boy in Traunstein.

Georg and Joseph Ratzinger ordained on 29 June 1951 by Michael Cardinal von Faulhaber of Munich.

Joseph and Georg celebrated their first Mass as priests on 8 July 1951 in St. Oswald Church, Traunstein.


Dear Palma:

Thanks for those historic and indispensable video-caps from the ordination video!!!!!

Once again, a million thanks for the invaluable photo contributions you have made to the Forum and to the lives
of all us Benaddicts.


00Tuesday, July 3, 2007 6:39 PM
So lovely!
He was a beautiful, holy and serene young man! Now he's a beautiful, serene and holy mature man!!!!!
And he belongs to us all! DEO GRATIAS!!!!!
00Tuesday, July 17, 2007 1:11 AM
In 17 August of 1952 the young vicar Josef Ratzinger celebrated a mass in mountains.

Palma scores another coup!!!!! How do you do it?????
And how can we be so lucky to have you with us?????

00Tuesday, July 17, 2007 10:01 PM
=Palma=, 17.07.2007 01:11:

In 17 August of 1952 the young vicar Josef Ratzinger celebrated a mass in mountains.

Definitely made my day with these treasures Palma! Thanks a million!
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00Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:53 AM
Great pics Palma, thanks for posting!
00Thursday, October 18, 2007 12:37 AM

Re-posting systematically, I hope, the available pictures so far of Joseph Ratzinger's ordination
on June 29, 1951, and his First Mass (Primiz) on July 8, 1951. Both occasions were shared with
his brother Georg and their friend Rupert Berger, as well as some 40 other colleagues. [I edited
the earlier post, to leave only the seminarian/pre-ordination photos.]

Ordination Day in Freising:

The screen-caps from RAI's 80th birthday documentary provide invaluable photo documentation.
The ordaining bishop is Munich Archbishop Michael Faulhaber. It was seeing him in his cardinal robes
when he was just a 5-yer-old that made Joseph Ratzinger say "I want to be a cardinal when I grow up."

Papa and Mama Ratzinger at the Ordination rites.

The third man with the brothers is Rupert Berger.

Maklara contributed the next picture at the time we were doing stories about the Marktl birthday exhibit at the 'birth-house'. It's from one of the life-size panels used as room markers in the exhbibit.

Occasion? This one has Freising in the URL tag, but Ratzi is wearing a rocchetta
that's completely different from what he's wearing in the first picture.

'PRIMIZ' or First Mass in Traunstein:



Family picture to commemorate the brothers' ordination.
I have since read elsewhere this was taken after their First Mass.

00Thursday, October 18, 2007 9:44 AM

Left, St. Martin parish; right, Holy Blood parish.

After helping out for four weeks in Munich in the parish of St. Martin/Moosach, Joseph Ratzinger spent one year as chaplain in the Holy Blood/Bogenhausen parish in Munich.

As a young priest in Munich, probably taken 1951-1952:

For over two years, the picture below was
the only widely circulated picture of Joseph
Ratzinger as a young priest after his ordination.
It was used with practically all picture galleries
run with his biography in the days following
the Conclave of 2005. Original captions for
this picture said it was taken in 1951 in
a mountain village called Ruhpolding near Munich.
Recently, Palma posted the two larger pictures
obviously taken on the same occasion, but her
caption says "On August 17, 1952, the young
vicar Josef Ratzinger celebrated a mass in
the mountains with members of the Kolping family
of Traunstein at the top of the hill called

In fact, Palma has this picture of a marker now at the Unternberg site, with the date of the Mass:

Click 2x to enlarge

This picture has 'Freising' in its URL, but
I can't tell if it was before or after

Two days ago, Palma posted this picture in FOTO DEL GIOVANE RATZINGER
in the main forum. I traced it by its URL date to the website of the Parish of Kirchanschoering in Bavaria,
which posted it during Easter Week this year following a birthday greeting to the Pope.

The caption to the picture reads:
10.07.1955 Primiziant Franz Niedermayer und Primizprediger Dr. Joseph Ratzinger in Kirchanschöring.
(Am 27 März würde Franz Niedermayer 80 Jahre alt)
7/10/55 First Mass celebrant Franz Niedermayer and homilist Dr. Joseph Ratzinger in Kirchanschoering.
(On March 27, Franz Niedermayer will turn 80.)
Kirchanschoering is one of the many towns in the district of Traunstein along the Austrian border.

I have tried to google Niedermayer and I keep getting something about a Franz Niedermayer who wrote
a contemporary book on the great Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset. As I have not been able
to find a corresponding biography, I do not know if it is the same Franz Niedermayer. If it was,
I would not be surprised, given the caliber of friends that Father Prof. Dr. Ratzinger had. They must
have been friends enough for him to have the young Ratzinger preach at his First Mass.

From 1952 to 1954, while preparing for his doctorate in theology, he was already teaching at the minor seminary in Freising.

From 1954 to 1957 he held the chair for dogmatic and fundamental theology at the university there.

00Monday, November 19, 2007 5:46 PM

PALMA has just found identification for one of the pictures posted in the PRE-ORDINATION section on the preceding page. I have replaced the original picture with this - it's the identical picture and size, except this one is captioned on the picture itself.

The caption:

1947 As 'Ministrant' (altar server) at the consecration of the new bells for the chapel of Buchfelln.
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