|Short Name:||Bernhard Eichkorn|
|Full Name:||Eichkorn, Bernhard, 1934-|
F. Bernhard Eichkorn is a Roman Catholic priest who served several parishes in southern Germany from his ordination in 1960 to his retirement in 2003. Having learned Esperanto in 1975, he became an active leader of the ecumenical Esperanto movement, collaborating with Protestant pastor Adolf Burkhardt, beginning in 1985, in the revived ecumenical commission of KELI and IKUE, a commission in which he remains active.
In 2002, together with Adolf Burkhardt and Albrecht Kronenberger, he received the FAME Prize (Aalener Esperanto-Kulturpreis of the FAME Foundation). On Dec. 7, 2007, German President Horst Köhler awarded him the Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande). The award was formally presented on May 20, 2008.
Among the publications in which he has actively participated, often as an editor, are Eta Sabat-Dimanĉa Breviero (Meßkirch 1985), the magazine Ökumenisches Esperanto-Forum (1991-2003), a three-volume edition of Tero kaj Ĉielo Kantu (1995-98), Ulrich Matthias's 1999 book Esperanto - das neue Latein der Kirche, Liturgio de la Preĝ-Horoj: Legaĵoj (second annual cycle, Advent, Villingen 2001), Adoru: Ekumena Diserva Libro (2001), "Esperanto en la servo de la ekumena movado", in Esperante kaj ekumene, p. 41-67 (2004), the 2006 edition of the Esperanto Bible (incorporating the Deuterocanonical Books), and La kompletorioj de la semajno (Villingen-Schwenningen 2008). Beginning in 2007 he has been compiling an Esperanto lexicon of Christian terminology, based initially on a translation of Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche.