Jean-Claude Hollerich

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His Excellency
Jean-Claude Hollerich
Archbishop of Luxembourg
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Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Luxembourg
Appointed 12 July 2011
Installed 16 October 2011
Predecessor Fernand Franck
Ordination 21 April 1990
Consecration 16 October 2011
by Fernand Franck, Joachim Meisner, Peter Takeo Okada
Personal details
Born (1958-08-09) August 9, 1958 (age 59)
Differdange, Luxembourg
Nationality Luxembourgian
Motto Annuntiate
Coat of arms

Jean-Claude Hollerich S.J. (born 9 August 1958 Differdange, Luxembourg)[1] has served as the current Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Luxembourg since 11 July 2011.


Hollerich, who grew up in Vianden, attended the École Apostolique of Clairefontaine and the Lycée Classique in Diekirch.[1] From 1978 to 1981 he studied Catholic Theology and Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.[1] On 27 September 1981 he joined the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits.[1] After a noviciate in Namur from 1981 to 1983[1] he engaged in pastoral work from 1983 to 1985 in Luxembourg.[1] On 15 September 1985, Hollerich travelled to Japan, studying the local language and culture as well as theology at the Sophia University in Tokyo until 1989.[1] Back in Europe, he received a theological licentiate from 1989 to 1990 at the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Frankfurt am Main.[1] On 21 April 1990 he was ordained a priest in Brussels.[1] From, 1990 to 1994 he became a licentiate in German language and literature at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.[1] Until 2001 he was a doctoral student at the Centre for European Integration Studies in Bonn.[1] On 18 October 2002 Jean-Claude Hollerich took his religious vows in St. Ignatius' church in Tokyo.[1] He is a member of the Japanese Jesuit province, and was a professor of German, French and European studies (1994-2011), and Vice-Rector for General and Student Affairs of the Sophia University in Tokyo.[1]

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Hollerich Archishop of the Archdiocese of Luxembourg on 12 July 2011. He is the successor of Archbishop Fernand Franck. His consecration as bishop took place on 16 October 2011 in the cathedral in Luxembourg,[1] by his predecessor; the co-consecrators were the Archbishop of Cologne, Joachim Cardinal Meisner, and the Archbishop of Tokyo, Peter Takeo Okada. He is the eighth Bishop and third Archbishop of Luxembourg.

Archbishop Hollerich celebrated the wedding of Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg at Notre-Dame Cathedral on 20 October 2012.[2]

Since 1994, Jean-Claude Hollerich has been a member of the Catholic student fraternity, AV Edo-Rhenania Tokio and of A. V. Rheinstein Köln.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "L’Archevêque Jean-Claude Hollerich". (in French). Archevêché de Luxembourg. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Siuberski, Philippe (20 October 2012). "Europe's elite gather for Luxembourg royal wedding". Agence France Press. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
Religious titles
Preceded by
Fernand Franck
Archbishop of Luxembourg
12 July 2011–Present
Succeeded by