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The regional association of Diakonie in Bavaria

Diakonie in Germany is an organized association. In a leading position, there´s the federal association, the Protestant institution for Diakonie and Development registered association in Germany, based in Berlin. There is one Diakonie institution connected to each federal church. Thus, the responsibilities comply, with only a few exceptions, not to the federal state, but to the corresponding area of each federal church. So this is why there are several Diakonie institutions in one federal state - because there are several federal churches as well.

Diakonie of the Evangelical-Lutheran church in Bavaria, the regional association of the Bavarian Diakonie, is located in Nuremberg. It represents its more than 1300 members to politics, church, health insurances and other funding agencies, media, the public in general and other partners.

Additionally to the branch office in Nuremberg and the external branch in Munich, Diakonie Bavaria is represented in almost every deanery. The "district offices" of Diakonie Bavaria co-ordinate local social and welfare offers, provide the interlinking of church and Diakonie and also represent the member´s political aims and concerns.

The members of Diakonie Bavaria are the legal owners of their institutions and parishes - so they are no natural persons. Their sizes vary from a small Diakonie office with only a few employees to a large Diakonie association with many thousand employees. In a recurrent general meeting the members elect a Diakonie board, the supervisory body of Diakonie Bavaria. The Diakonie board then again appoints the President and the executive board of the state association.

Die Präsidenten und Landerspfarrer der Diakonie Bayern seit 1958


1958 – 1971: Balther Dyroff, Landespfarrer des Diakonischen Werkes Bayern

1971 – 1986: Dr. Karl Leipziger,  Landespfarrer des Diakonischen Werkes Bayern

1986 – 1993: Helmut Danner, Landespfarrer des Diakonischen Werkes Bayern

1993 – 2001: Heimo Liebl, Präsident des Diakonischen Werkes Bayern*

2001 – 2011: Dr. Ludwig Markert, Präsident des Diakonischen Werkes Bayern

Seit 2011: Michael Bammessel; Präsident des Diakonischen Werkes Bayern


* Seit einer Änderung der Satzung trägt der (hauptamtliche) 1. Vorstandsvorsitzende den Titel Präsident, zuvor stand an der Spitze der Diakonie in Bayern ein ehrenamtlicher Landespfarrer.

Tradition since 1572 - the oldest members of Bavarian Diakonie

Bavarian Diakonie in its present form has its roots in quite versatile and to some extend very old Diakonie foundations. Knowing and being aware of these roots allows interesting insights into German social history. So especially the Children- and Youth Welfare Centres are part of the oldest Diakonie institutions.


For the period 1 Juli 2014 until 31 December 2014 Diakonie Bavaria carried out a survey among its 1300 members, to learn more about the traditions in its institutions. The appeal was connected to the request to give information about the foundation of Diakonie, provided these information were going back at least 100 years or more. Only legal entities were to come forward, if their immediate effcet in law still persited to this day. 45 members participated in the survey.

Here´s a short portrait of the three oldest members.

As the oldest legal body by far, the foundation Protestant children´s orphanage and Klauckehaus Augsburg answered. Already established in 1572, it still exists to the present day: the "Protestant children´s and youth welfare centre" belonging to the foundation in Karwendelstraße 61, Augsburg, is said to be the oldest children´s orphanage in Germany. Children and young people are being cared for extensively and provided with educational and psychological support. In autumn the institution´s 440. anniversary was celebrated.

According to the survey´s result, the second oldest member is the Protestant-Lutheran Church Orphanage Windsbach. This foundation has been established in 1835. As a church organization the orphanage was compulsorily closed by the Nazi regime and then re-opened in 1946. Immediately after the re-opening, the famous Windsbacher boy´s choir was founded.

The establishment of the Jean-Paul-Foundation goes back to the year 1841 - today it´s called Jean-Paul Society Bayreuth e.V. The third oldest member of Bavarian Diakonie originally used to be an "institution for poor and neglected children", as it was named in Mayor´s von Hagen official foundation speech. The society started operating in March 1842. Today´s focus is on young- and old people´s welfare.