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César Izquierdo, Director of the department of Dogmatic Theology, Associate Dean of the School of Theology.

Jutta Burggraf: an international researcher with a spirit of service

Sat, 13 Nov 2010 10:43:00 +0000 Published in Navarra Newspaper

Professor Jutta Burggraf came to Pamplona for the second time in 1996, to join the department of Dogmatic Theology at the School of Theology. Twelve years earlier she had defended at the same School of the University of Navarra her doctoral thesis , for which she received the extraordinary award of doctorate (1984). Previously, Professor Burggraf had obtained at the University of Cologne the doctorate in Psychopedagogy (1979).

Since joining the academic staff of the School of Theology, Jutta Burggraf has performed various tasks in an exemplary spirit of service. Her acceptance of the various teaching, organizational and research tasks required of her was a trait that characterized her. Jutta could always be counted on for any endeavor at School. At the same time, she took time to respond to the various academic invitations that came to her from many Spanish and foreign centers.

As director of department, Jutta would let me know about the requests she received to give conferences and participate in forums of various kinds, and I can assure you that there were dozens of them coming from Europe and various countries in America. I tried to respond to as many as I could, although sometimes it was materially impossible to accept some of them. However, he did everything in his power to collaborate with the requests that came from Rome - especially from the Holy See - and I can assure you that there were dozens of them.
-especially from the Holy See, which, through various organizations, asked for his contribution, and from his homeland, Germany. Perhaps the most notorious partnership with the Holy See was that of expert, appointed by John Paul II, of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on "The vocation and mission statement of the laity in the Church and in the world", in 1987.

She was a prolific author, as shown by her more than twenty books -some of them with several editions, and translated into several languages- and her abundant collaborations and articles in research. All these works earned her academic appreciation A. But all paled in comparison to attention staff . Professor Burggraf conveyed a closeness and understanding that was immediately perceived by her interlocutors. I still remember the comment of the director of a Higher Center of Theology in which Jutta had just pronounced a lecture with the warm Spanish, tinged by her characteristic German accent: "If you do not need her in Pamplona, tell me, because here we will keep her as a professor". But we did need her in Pamplona, and now we need her in another way: as our intercessor before the Father of life and source of true lived freedom.