John Nicholas Wurm

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John Nicholas Wurm
Bishop of Belleville
titular bishop of Alestia
SeeDiocese of Belleville
PredecessorWilliam Michael Cosgrove
SuccessorJames Patrick Keleher
Other post(s)Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis
OrdinationApril 3, 1954
by Joseph Ritter
ConsecrationAugust 17, 1976
by John Carberry
Personal details
Born(1927-12-06)December 6, 1927
DiedApril 27, 1984(1984-04-27) (aged 56)
Belleville, Illinois, US
Styles of
John Nicholas Wurm
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleHis Excellency
Religious styleMonsignor

John Nicholas Wurm (December 6, 1927 – April 27, 1984) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Belleville in Illinois from 1981 to 1984. He previously serve as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in Missouri from 1976 to 1981.


John Wurm was born the seventh of fourteen children of Anthony and Rose Wurm on December 6, 1927, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was baptized on December 18, 1927, at All Souls Church in Overland, Missouri.[1] Wurm attended All Souls Catholic School, the Cathedral Latin School, and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.

Wurm was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Louis on April 3, 1954, by Cardinal Joseph Ritter.[2]

Wurm was appointed titular bishop of Plestia and as an auxiliary bishop of St. Louis on June 25, 1976 by Pope Paul VI. Wurm was consecrated bishop on August 17, 1976, by Cardinal John Carberry.[3] [2]

On September 19, 1981, Wurm was appointed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Belleville by Pope John Paul II. Wurm was installed on November 4, 1981.[2]

Bishop Wurm died on April 27, 1984, in Belleville of cancer.[2]


  1. ^ "Rev John Nicholas Wurm (1927-1984) - Find a Grave..." Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop John Nicholas Wurm [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved 2022-06-06.
  3. ^ "Archdiocese of St. Louis Sues Law Firm on Confidentiality of Documents". Claims Journal. 2007-05-30. Retrieved 2022-05-24.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Titular Bishop of Plestia
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Belleville
Succeeded by