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27 September 2016

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich

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On 12 July 2011, the Holy Father Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop of Luxembourg Rev. Father Jean-Claude HOLLERICH, S.J.

The episcopal ordination of Bishop Jean-Claude HOLLERICH and the taking possession of the Archdiocese took place at the Luxembourg Cathedral Sunday, October 16, 2011.

The biography of our Archbishop

Born August 9, 1958 in Differdange (Luxembourg diocese), he spent his childhood in Vianden, where his family resided.


secondary education at the Clairefontaine Apostolic School and Lycée Classique de Diekirch (Luxembourg)

1978-1981: Begins his priestly formation at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he attended two years of philosophy and the first year of theology. (Pontificium Collegium Germanicum et Hungaricum)
27.9.1981: Entrance in the Jesuit Company
1981-1983: Novitiate in Wéopin/Namur (Jesuit Province of South Belgium and Luxembourg)
1983-1985: Pastoral internship in Luxembourg
15.9.1985: Departure for Japan
1985-1987: Studies of the language and Japanese culture
1987-1989: Theological Studies at Sophia University Tokyo
1989-1990: Theological Studies at the philosophical-theological Hochschule Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany
21.4.1990: Priestly ordination in Brussels
1990-1994: M.A. in German language and literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich in Bavaria
Memory: “Das Konstantinopolitanische Glaubensbekenntnis. Eine Textuntersuchung”.
2001 Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for EU Studies in Bonn
18.10.2002: Final Vows in the Church of St. Ignatius in Tokyo. He passes to the Jesuit Province of Japan.


  • “Narrativity in Constantinopolitan Creed”, in: Sophia Linguistica, N. 37 (1994)
  • “Different Way of Dialogue”, in: Bulletin of Universities and Institutes, Sophia University, N. 29 (1994)
  • “The origin of the grammar school”, in: "Bulletin of Universities and Institutes, Sophia University, N. 30 (1995)
  • “The emergence of a national consciousness in Luxembourg”, in: Bulletin of Universities and Institutes, Sophia University, N. 32 (1997)
  • “Religion and spirituality in Yolanda Roman”, in: Bulletin linguistics and ethnology, N. 30 (2000)
  • “The French Jesuits in Siam”, in: Bulletin of the Faculty of Forgein Studies, N. 41 (2006)
  • “First Globalization: European grammar in Asia”, in: “Towards equitable language policy in Asia”, proceedings of the 5th Nitobe Symposium, Tokyo, European Institute, Sophia University, p. 61-63 (2008)
  • “The Echternach manuscripts”, in: Hitoguchisaizu no Luxemuburugu, 4, p. 6-7.

He held the following positions:

1983-1985: Pastoral internship at Young Christian Students in Luxembourg and with Christian Life Communities; teacher in private school Fieldgen and the French School Lycée Vauban Luxembourg
1990-1994: Spiritual Accompanist to the seminarians of the preparatory year at the Major Seminary of Luxembourg and head of the vocational pastoral (in parallel with studies in Munich in Bavaria)
1994-2011: Lecturer for German and European Studies at Sophia University Tokyo, appointed associated Professor in 1999 and Professor in 2006
1996-2006: Chaplain of the German parish in Tokyo since 1997: Member of the Tokyo Archdiocesan Council for missionary and pastoral works
1999-2011: Chaplain students of Sophia University
2002-2006: Provincial Delegate for Pastoral Vocation
2003-2006: Director of the Catholic Center of the Sophia University
2004-2006: Superior of a small community of Jesuits in Tokyo
2006-2008: Superior Scholasticate.
2008-2011: Rector of the Jesuit community at Sophia University, where live 65 Jesuits from different countries, and Member of the Board of Trustees from the same university.
2008-2011: Consultor of the Japanese Province.
April 2008 to March 2011: Vice-Rector of the Sophia University for International Relations and Trustee for Overseas Liaisons
Archbishop of Luxembourg
2014-2018: President of the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions
From 29/09/2017: President of the CCEE Commission for the youth
From 8/3/2018: President of COMECE
From 3/04/2019 President of The International Assosiation for altar boys and girls C.I.M (Coetus Internationalis Ministrantium)
1/09/2019 Announcement of the appointment of Monsignor Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, as Cardinal by Pope Francis (consistory on 5 October 2019)
21/02/2020: Member of the Pontifical Council for Culture
21/02/2020: Member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

In addition, he was CEO of the Japanese Bishops’ Conference for the preparation and participation in the World Youth Day in Cologne in 2005.

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