After graduating from High School (Abitur- school-leaving, university-entrance certificate), I volunteered for two years of military service in the German Army. During this time I completed Reserve Officer Training for the German paratroops. Immediately afterwards, I began my preparation for the Catholic priesthood.
For a period of six years I was a member of the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ. During that formation I completed studies in Humanities, with a diploma from Cheshire College, Connecticut, USA. I also carried out a pastoral practicum in Mexico City for two years, and in 2004 I received my Bachelor degree in philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum (University) Regina Apostolorum in Rome. I then began studying theology in Germany at the Catholic University of Eichstätt in Ingolstadt, completing my studies with a degree in Catholic theology. In 2006 I was ordained deacon, and in 2007 a priest. In 2010 I earned my doctorate in theology, in Rome, and published my dissertation with the title, “Dogma and Progress in the Works of Joseph Ratzinger”. In addition, I completed, in 2013, a second doctorate in bioethics, on the topic of the diagnosis of human embryonic preimplantation. For several years now, I have been presenting lectures, courses and seminars on these theological and bioethical topics.