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27 September 2016

Archbishop 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.
27.9.1981: Entrance in the Jesuit Company.
1981-1983: Novitiate in 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: Degree in Theology at the philosophical-theological Hochschule Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany.
21.4.1990: Priestly ordination in Brussels.
1990-1994: Language Licence and German literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich in Bavaria.
Memory: “Das Konstantinopolitanische Glaubensbekenntnis. Eine Textuntersuchung”.
2001 PhD studies 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: Language Teacher - French and German and European Studies at Sophia University Tokyo, appointed Associate 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 Vocation Promotion.
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 to the General and Student Affairs, charging that includes direct contacts with many universities in Asia, Europe and America.
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)

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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