The humanity of a 17th Century burgher from Bautzen and his Christian vision based on altruism,
has provided a better start for generations of young people as regards to their future professional
careers and has preserved, indeed, conveyed important historical values to the citizens of
Bautzen and the entire region.
Civic responsibility, social and cultural commitment were cultivated and have enriched Bautzen's
life and its region considerably. These accomplishments are not only to be considered as a part
of history, but should be kept alive and transmitted, for Dr. Gregorius Mättig's deeds have not
lost any of their actual message.
The basis for a region's or a city's future is its youth. In particular, targeted
fostering of talents is necessary as public support of the younger generation is lacking.
An essential condition for the vigorous development of young people is the presence of a
spiritual and cultural environment in a given region. This "capital" has to be
continuously preserved and enriched.
The future grows out of the past. The preservation of a transmitted historical legacy,
its development and its study, form a strong pillar for offering a vision and an
orientation for our local community.
The Christian gospel and the values it represents form the cornerstone for the
development of our civilisation. Social commitment based on Christian values
is essential to a well-functioning community.
Out of these convictions grows the intention to nurture the aims of Dr. Gregorius Mättig
by reviving and renewing the diverse Mättig foundations. With the establishment of a
Foundation, a link is created with an important civil tradition of the city of Bautzen.
This Foundation was festively put into effect on 25th September 2007, on Dr.
Gregorius Mättig's 422nd anniversary. In the spirit of Dr. Gregorius Mättig,
once every two years
a Dr. Gregorius Mättig grant will be donated
This grant will enable, indeed, make it easier for talented young people to find appropriate
training or jobs. It will also serve to strengthen the bond between Bautzen and the
region of Upper Lusatia
- To foster talents of young people from Bautzen and its region;
- To preserve, to develop and to study the cultural and historical legacy of Bautzen, particularly the legacy of Dr. Gregorius Mättig.
The Foundation intends, moreover, to organise events which foster spiritual and cultural life
in Bautzen, as well as development of social and civil commitment. In the region around Bautzen,
the Foundation wants to promote cultural exchanges and instigate a dialogue with their neighbours
in the Czech Republic and in Poland.
Please help us to support this cause!
All ideas, whether they are material or non-material, are welcome!
The initiative is supported by
Mrs Gisela Lissack, Bautzen
Ms Jutta Zoff, Dresden
Mrs Gudrun Ellen Herbert de Souza, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dr. Rainier Herbert de Souza, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mr Peter Lissack, Antwerp, Belgium
Dr. Uwe Koch, Potsdam