|Born||8 December 1813
Kerpen, Rhein-Erft-Kreis, Confederation of the Rhine
|Died||4 December 1865 (aged 51)
Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, German Confederation
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||27 October 1991, Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II|
The International Kolping Society was founded by Adolph Kolping as a Catholic, educational and action-oriented organization. He was born on December 8, 1813, in Kerpen, a small village not far from Cologne. His Father, Peter Kolping, was a shepherd for a well-to-do farmer. In school Adolph Kolping proved an able student, but because the family was poor he was unable to further his education. He Took up an apprenticeship as a shoemaker, but his desire for higher education never ceased. At the age of 23, after working for ten years as a shoemaker, he entered secondary school. Adolph had been a sickly child and continues to suffer from poor health. Yet despite this fact, he managed to complete his education in record time.
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Ecclesiastical information:Wikipedia. 2016. Adolph Kolping – Wikipedia. [ONLINE] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolph_Kolping. [Accessed 11 December 2016].
About the Founder: Fr. Adolph Kolping . 2016. About the Founder: Fr. Adolph Kolping . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.kolping.org/about.htm. [Accessed 11 December 2016].