Honorary Doctorate for Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn

Honorary Doctorate for Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn


On September 10, 2021, Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn, the founding Director of INTAMS, received a Honorary Doctorate in Theology (Dr. theol. honoris causa) in recognition of her outstanding achievements on behalf of the Christian theology of marriage and the family, and Jewish‒Christian dialogue. The title was conferred on her, in the name of the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelm-University of Bonn, by the Dean, Professor Dr. Dr. Jochen Sautermeister, in a solemn ceremony.

Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn is, with her late husband Hubert, the founder of the Centre for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the founder of the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies at the Gregorian University in Rome, and the founder and director of the International Academy for Marital Spirituality (INTAMS) in Louvain/Brussels.

The Faculty of Catholic Theology of Bonn University pays tribute above all to “the exceptional achievements of this theologian and social scientist with regard to Jewish‒Christian dialogue, to the further development of the theology of marriage and the family, and to the communication and implementation of fundamental insights of the Second Vatican Council. These central concerns also correspond to the main focuses of the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Bonn,” says Dean Sautermeister.

“I gratefully accept this honor, in view of the decades-long committed work of my husband and myself,” says Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn. “I understand it especially as an encouragement and motivation for the coming generations to accept responsibility in various ways and to get involved for the good of other people.”

Read the Acceptance Speech by Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn (Deutsch, English)

Read the Press Release (English, Deutsch, Nederlands)

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