Sonntag, 15.12.2019

10 Jahre Insitut für Theologische Zoologie - Pionierauftrag Tierwürde

So 15.12.2019 // Lesungen und Impulse zum Mensch-Tier-Verhältnis // Haus Mariengrund Münster

Sonntag, 29.09.2019

Mit den Pilger-Lamas unterwegs

So 29.09.2019 // 11:30 uhr // Bahnhof Winnenden

Dienstag, 24.09.2019

European Network of Animal Studies in Theology

24.-26.09.2019 // Eröffnungskonferenz zur Vernetzung der Forschungsgruppen // Technische Universität Dortmund

Samstag, 17.08.2019

Heilsame Berührung (2019/5)

Sa 17.08.2019 // 15-18:30 Uhr // Meditative Körperarbeit mit Tier und Mensch // Haus Mariengrund Münster

Sonntag, 14.07.2019

Mit Lamas als Wegbegleiter unterwegs - Sonntagsausflug im TAFF

So 14.07.2019 // 10:30 - 13:30 Uhr // Reutlingen-Ohmenhausen

Mittwoch, 10.07.2019

Besuchsreise von Pro Animale-Tierschutzeinrichtungen inkl. Vortrag von Dr. Hagencord

10.-15.07.2019 // Führungen durch Tierschutzeinrichtungen und Vortrag // Nähe Frankfurt Oder und Nordpolen

Samstag, 06.07.2019

Tiere, Pflanzen, Kita! Weiterbildung für Erzieher*innen und andere Interessierte

06.07.2019 // 9:30 - 17:00 Uhr // Weiterbildung // Haus Mariengrund Münster

Donnerstag, 04.07.2019

Dilemma Tierversuch?

04.07.2019 // 13-16:30 Uhr // Vortrag und Diskussion // TU Dortmund

Dienstag, 02.07.2019

Der Wald - Gottes Schöpfung oder menschliche Ressource?

Di 02.07.2019 // 19 Uhr // Vortrag // Kapuzinerkloster Münster

Montag, 01.07.2019

Und die Eselin sah den Engel Gottes (Num,23) - Schöpfungstheologie und Schöpfungsspiritualität im Angesicht der Tiere

Mo 01.07. - Di 02.07.2019 // Tagung // Haus Mariengrund Münster

Sonntag, 30.06.2019

Heilsame Berührung (2019/4)

So 30.06.19 // 15-18:30 Uhr // Meditative Körperarbeit mit Tier und Mensch // Haus Mariengrund Münster

Samstag, 29.06.2019

Wer singt, brummt und zirpt denn da? Tierstimmen in ihrer ökologischen und spirituellen Bedeutung

Sa 29.06.2019 // 16 – 19:30 Uhr // Impulse - Wahrnehmungen - Verköstigungen: Naturkundliche & theologische Führung inkl. klösterlichem Abendessen // Kapuziner Klostergarten Münster

Donnerstag, 27.06.2019

Gott und die Tiere - Soirée am Dom

27.06.2019 // 19 Uhr // 19:30 Uhr // Festvortrag // Haus am Dom in Frankfurt

Mittwoch, 19.06.2019

Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag (DEKT) in Dortmund

19.-23.06.2019 // Markt der Möglichkeiten // Gottesdienst für Mensch und Tier // Dortmund

Samstag, 15.06.2019

Unsere einheimischen Bienen - bedrohte Vielfalt

15.06.2019 // 14 Uhr // Vortrag und Führung // Kapuziner Klostergarten Münster

Personal Paper Dr. Rotzetter

Dr. Anton Rotzetter

Dr. Anton Rotzetter, Foto: N.N.

Was born in Basel on January 3, 1939. He is citizen of Fibourg (Switzerland): As a  son of a border official he was a ‘pilgrim’ from the beginning, a walker from place to place trying to cross borders. He visited the Gymnasium in Fribourg (Switzerland) and in Appenzell. In 1959 he joined the Order of the Capuchins and accomplished the university education in Freiburg (PhD), in Bonn and in Tübingen. (in the 1968s: liberation from the ‘ghetto’ into the Catholic broad thinking). In 1872 he spent several weeks in Rio de Janeiro and in 1974 he spent several months in Tanzania (slums and poverty: liberation from the Gospel which was interpreted in the traditional way to the Gospel to the poor).

Between 1967 and 1974 Dr. Rotzetter dealt with Francis of Assisi at an academic level (convergence of past and present age, of theory and practice, of mysticism and politics). From 1978 up to 1988 he was the head of the Institute of Spirituality in Münster (Westphalia), which he had conceptualized, in search of a common and modern Christian spirituality (discovery of the power of speech).  He had lectureships at the PhThH Münster and Fribourg (Switzerland). Since 1988 he has been resident in Altdorf Uri.

Dr. Rotzetter is the author of about 70 books, some of them were translated into several languages.


Up to 1988: head of the Institute of Spirituality in Münster,

1968-1993: theological assistant of the international, Franciscan movement “Marienthal” 

1988-1998: President of Franciscan Academy

Since 1998: member of the management board of Swiss authors

Up to 1994: member of the management board of “ACAT Switzerland”

For 7 years speaker of “Wort zum Sonntag” at the TV station DRS

Up to 2000: regular speaker in “Erfüllte Zeit” at ORF

In May 1992: series of 4 radio broadcasts (Radio Vatican) about Francis of Assisi

Continual editorial and literal activities for different magazines.

Approaching the Topic “Animal”

“As a researcher in the field of Franciscan spirituality it became clear to me that, when following Francis of Assisi, questions concerning ecology and animal ethics cannot be ignored, but are in fact core issues. This insight was connected with an ‘inborn friendly relation’ to animals, as I was born into a nature-loving family living in the mountains. More and more I dealt with animal-based findings of biology, philosophy, of behavioural science, but also of biblical studies. Cosequently, I accepted being elected as a member of the advisory board of AKUT (Aktion Kirche und Tier) in Germany and then I was elected president of AKUT in Switzerland.

What matters is the big interrelationship inherent in God’s creation. From Francis I have learned that all that exists is united like brothers and sisters, and that life is a secret which we have to treat with respect. In the Institute of Zoological Theology I want to advocate two issues: I want to take animal protection from the sidings in which the animal protectors often push themselves. It is neither a question of humanizing animals, nor of making the animal a replacement for human relationships. I rather think that animal and man share a considerable degree of common liveness and that is the reason why animals deserve deep respect. But also every stone, every plant – everything that exists – reveals a secret to us, which is beyond every manipulation.

In the last few decades Creation has been becoming subject to the economy with its claim to absoluteness. Everything is regarded as a material resource which can be used at will, everything is regarded as an exploitable object. Admittedly, hardly anybody does not speak of the integrity of creation, but as soon as we get down to concrete details, people shrink from the consequences. I am convinced that apart from the idolisation of mobility, the spirit of irreverence plays a significant role. The attitude towards the car and towards the animal is a kind of dividing line at which our modern way of life may experience a revolutionary change of direction away from being governed by the principle of exploitation and incosiderateness in favour of quality of life, global justice and profound solidarity.”