Father Dr. Dr. Justinus Pech
Father Justin C. Pech is a graduate of HHL, and cofounded the Interims-Management Unternehmen Management Angels GmbH with a fellow HHL classmate. He also received his doctorate with a dissertation on business ethics at HHL. After his entrance to the monastery, he wrote a theological dissertation at the Jesuit Gregorian University in Rome for theology of Joseph Ratzinger.
Currently, Father Justin C. Pech is a professor of fundamental theology at the Philosophical and Theological College Benedict XVI. in Heiligenkreuz in the Vienna Woods. His research includes ethical issues of management and leadership.
Father Justin C. Pech has been a monk for ten years and currently serves as an economist in Stiepel (Bochum) monastery, where he also leads the Institute of Leadership Ethics. He specializes in coaching executives and the design and management of seminars on leadership issues.
Father Justinus' confessions
Q. DO YOU HAVE A ROLE MODEL OR LIFE MOTTO?
A. Even in people that serve as role models to me, one can ever only truly know the external perspective. Nonetheless, there are some role models who inspire me and who I like to follow. These range from my namesake, St. Justinus, to Charlemagne and Mother Teresa to my own grandmother.
Q. WHAT EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE STANDS OUT IN YOUR MEMORY?
A. I understand education as a process, but I consider a huge leap for my education to be my first encounter with the book and film "Dead Poets Society".
Q. WHAT CAN YOU NOT LAUGH ABOUT?
A. Many things.
Q. WHAT’S A NICE THING YOU’VE Bought Yourself recently?
A. Nice in the sense that it has pleased me: a delicious piece of cake. And in the sense of self- fulfillment: Can you really buy it ? Isn't it rather something you receive as a gift?
Q. WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU NEVER GIVE AWAY?
A. Shouldn’t you share what you are particularly fond of, rather than keep it only for yourself? Since I imagine heaven as a large library, I will hopefully find everything there.
Q. WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST ALIVE?
A. After the first thousand meters of freestyle swimming with the desire to swim the next thousand even faster.
Q. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN?
A. God has been revealed in Jesus Christ and can thus affect the people.
Q. WHERE IS YOUR MOST PEACEFUL PLACE?
A. In the morning at 4:45 AM in an old Romanesque or Gothic church, when everything is still quiet.
Q. WHAT WAS YOUR LAST GOOD DEED?
A. The others should judge.
Q. WHAT HAVE YOU RECENTLY DREAMED ABOUT?
A. A world where peace reigns.
Q. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC?
A. Those artists that are able to pull me out of this world with their music and open my mind to vast horizons: Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius; but especially the prayer that the monks sing: Gregorian Chants!
Q. WHAT IS MORE DIFFICULT for you: STARTING OR STOPPING?
A. There is beauty in all beginnings and you should stop when it is at its most beautiful, right?