Pierre Nommesch

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Pierre Nommesch
Bishop of Luxembourg
Appointed8 March 1920
Installed25 March 1920
Term ended9 October 1935
Ordination28 October 1890
Consecration25 March 1920
by Sebastiano Nicotra
Personal details
Birth namePierre Nommesch
Born(1864-12-16)December 16, 1864
Greiveldange [Greiweldingen]
DiedOctober 9, 1935(1935-10-09) (aged 70)
Ordination history of
Pierre Nommesch
Priestly ordination
Date28 October 1890
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorSebastiano Nicotra
Co-consecratorsThomas Louis Heylen Antoine Alphonse de Wachter
Date25 March 1920
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Pierre Nommesch as principal consecrator
Jacques Mangers1932

Pierre Nommesch (16 December 1864 – 9 October 1935) was the Bishop of Luxembourg from 1920 to 1935.


At the age of 26, on 28 October 1890 Nommesch was ordained a priest. On 8 March 1920 he was appointed Bishop of Luxembourg and on 25 March 1920 was consecrated by Sebastiano Nicotra. He remained in office until his death.

He became bishop after a long period of sede vacante, which was due to challenges to Luxembourg's national sovereignty after the Armistice of World War I.[1]

His time in office was one of reconciliation and understanding between state and the church:[1] The conflict around schools received a compromise solution in 1921, so that religious education, relegated to the church parishes since 1912, now once again had a place in public education.[1] Under his episcopate, loyalty to the monarchy and to Luxembourgish traditions, closeness to Rome (with pilgrimages to the "holy city", and celebration of the papal coronation anniversaries) and veneration of the Virgin Mary (expansion of the cathedral, started in 1935) remained important facets of Luxembourgish Catholicism.[1]

Further religious-pastoral high points of his time in office were the Eucharistic National Congress in 1924, increased devotion to the Sacred Heart, the rebuilding of the seminary at Limpertsberg in 1930, and a consolidation of associations in the Belgian-inspired Catholic Action after 1930.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Hellinghausen, Georges. "Pierre Nommesch (1920-1935)". (in German) Catholic Church in Luxembourg. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Johannes Joseph Koppes
Bishop of Luxembourg
1920 – 1935
Succeeded by
Joseph Laurent Philippe