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Prof. Dr. em. Engelbert Groß

Prof. Dr. em. Engelbert Groß was Chair of Didactics of Religion, Catechetics, and Religious Education at the KU’s Faculty of Theology from 1987 to 2004.


Prof. Dr. em. Engelbert Groß


Address: Kilian-Leib-Str. 17

85072 Eichstätt













Studies of philosophy, theology and education at the Universities of Bonn, Freiburg i.Br., Graz and Cologne; state examinations for teaching profession at academic secondary schools qualifying for university (Gymnasien), Mag. Theol., Dr. theol.



Priest at the Diocese of Aachen, 4 years of pastoral care in the region of Aachener Kohlerevier



Pastoral care at schools and teaching at Gymnasien in the Lower Rhine region (19 years), simultaneously 10 year lectureship at the University of Cologne (faculty of therapeutic pedagogy)




Chair of Didactics of Religion, Catechetics, and Religious Education at the Faculty of Theology, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt



Visiting lecturer at the faculty of orthodox theology at the Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski (Bulgaria) and at the faculty of Greek-Catholic theology at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (Romania).



Initiator of student learning trip to Senegal: "Religionsunterricht - Mission - Dritte Welt"




Initiator of the International Religious Education Congress on the occasion of the millennium "Weltkirche erleben - voneinander lernen - Erde bewohnbar machen"



Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt



Representative of the Catholic religious education teachers at Bavarian universities


Initiator of the religious education symposium “Schmerz und Sehnsucht von Kindern und Jugendlichen als didaktischer Suchschlüssel für religionspädagogische Thematisierungen"

Research interests

Prof. Dr. em. Engelbert Groß carried out research and work in the field of “Eine-Welt-Religionspädagogik” and has published several publications in this field as publisher, author or co-author.

Furthermore, Prof. Dr. em. Groß has published works on the topic of “Kindergebetbuch” (Children’s prayer book), “Schulseelsorge” (Pastoral care at schools), “Religionsdidaktik” (Religious education) and “Projektpädagogik” (Project pedagogy).

Many projects for encounter in the Third World (India, Nepal, Philippines) have resulted in public educational presentations and exhibitions.

In order to substantiate research results obtained on the Philippines on the topic of “Peripherie als Aufgabe der Kirchen” (Periphery as task of the churches), the chamber opera “Die Lieder der Müllbergkinder” was founded in 2014. Composition: Steven Heelein (Professor at Hochschule für evangelische Kirchenmusik in Bayreuth), Libretto: E. G (cf. text book: Beltran/ Groß/ Heelein: at the place already cited). Performances in Eichstätt, Katholikentag Regensburg, Klosterfest Sankt Augustin, Aachener Heiligtumsfahrt in Mönchengladbach.

Since 2018: Oratorio “Oasen der verwüsteten Kinder” (Oases of devastated children) (Composition and Libretto: cf. “Die Lieder der Müllbergkinder”). This oratorio deals with the topics of the peripheries “Kindergefängnisse” (children’s prisons) and “Kinderprostitution” (child prostitution) and stands up for children’s rights. The text as well as a comprehensive reflection engagée is available in the German publication “Oasen der verwüsteten Kinder - ‘Drama’-Theologie exemplarisch.”, Berlin (LIT) 2016.

There are several community educational projects, such as the 2016/17 “Eichstätter Bambuswunder: Lebensrettung durch Aufforstung” (Eichstätt bamboo wonder: saving lives through reforestation) in cooperation with the institutions University, Mittelschule, Gymnasium and parish and implemented together with the group of young artists “Die Kinder der Mutter Erde” (The children of Mother Earth) in Manila/Philippines and the indigenous people of the Dumagat in the Marikina Watershed area.


Please refer to the University’s publication server KU-Publikationsserver or to this page for a current list of publications by Prof. Dr. em. Engelbert Groß. We would also like to draw your attention to a selection of book publications

  • Engelbert Groß: Isus: Dansatorul, Profetul, Icoana, Galaxia, Gutenberg 2007 (in Romanian)
  • Engelbert Groß; Klaus König: Religia: pedagogia si didactica ei, Galaxia Gutenberg 2006 (in Romanian).
  • Engelbert Groß; Andreas Weiß: Religion und Schule in der Rechtsprechung. A collection of relevant court decisions, Münster 2005
  • Erziehungswissenschaft, Religion und Religionspädagogik, published by Engelbert Groß. Münster 2004.
  • Invan Denev; Engelbert Groß: Religiöse Erziehung im Kontext des gemeinsamen europäischen Hauses (in Bulgarian and English), Sofia 2004.
  • Engelbert Groß; Klaus König; Bojidar Andonov: Religionspädagogik (in Bulgarian), Sofia 2003.
  • Religiöses Lernen der Kirche im globalen Dialog, published by Engelbert Groß and Klaus König. Münster-Hamburg-London 2000.

Co-author of the academic-theological research collection on the works of Protopresbyter Dr. Stefan Tsakov, Sofia 2014.

Participation in "KERYKS. Internationale Religionspädagogisch-Katechetische Rundschau"/ Poland as well as in "Theologia Catolica" of the "Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai"/ Romania.