Nikolaus Messmer

From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia

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Bishop Nikolaus Messmer, S.J. (19 December 1954 − 18 July 2016) was a Roman Catholic prelate who served as the titular bishop of Carmeiano and the first Apostolic Administrator of the Apostolic Administration of Kyrgyzstan from 2006 until his death in 2016.[1]

Bishop Messmer was born in Karaganda, Kazakh SSR in a family of German descent. At a young age he joined the Society of Jesus and was ordained as priest on 28 May 1989 and he was sent to serve in Kyrgyzstan.[1] He was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the new elevated Apostolic Administration of Kyrgyzstan by Pope Benedict XVI on 18 March 2006.[2][3]

Messmer died on 18 July 2016 in Bishkek at the age of 61.



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