John Henry Luers
Born Johann Heinrich Lüers, he emigrated with his family to the USA in 1833 , where he first lived in Piqua (Ohio) and worked as a salesman, assistant cook and clerk. An encounter with the Bishop of Cincinnati , John Baptist Purcell , opened the way for him to higher education and the priesthood . Bishop Purcell bestowed upon him the sacrament of ordination on November 11, 1846 .
Pope Pius IX appointed him on September 22, 1857 first bishop of Fort Wayne . The episcopal ordination donated him the meanwhile appointed Archbishop John Baptist Purcell on January 10 of the following year; Co- consecrators were the Bishop of Covington , George Aloysius Carrell SJ , and the Bishop of Vincennes , Jacques-Maurice des Landes d'Aussac De Saint Palais .
As a bishop, Luers devoted himself to building parishes, founded an orphanage, and built the cathedral in Fort Wayne. During a trip to Cleveland, where he gave consecrations during the sedis vacancy there , he suffered a stroke and died there.
- Entry on John Henry Luers on catholic-hierarchy.org ; Retrieved January 18, 2014.
- Website with photo of the grave
- Data website of the Oldenburg Society for Family Studies
- Fort Wayne Historical Web Site
- Fort Wayne Diocese Historic Website, Chapter 3
- biographical information , in: dnb.de, accessed on January 18, 2014
- Fort Wayne . In: Catholic Encyclopedia , Robert Appleton Company, New York 1913. (accessed January 18, 2014)
Bishop of Fort Wayne
|Joseph Gregory Dwenger|
|SURNAME||Luers, John Henry|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Lüers, Johann Heinrich|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American clergyman, Bishop of Fort Wayne|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 29, 1819|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Lutten , Oldenburger Münsterland , Germany|
|DATE OF DEATH||June 29, 1871|
|Place of death||Cleveland , Ohio|