Joseph-Charles Lefebvre

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Joseph-Charles Cardinal Lefèbvre (born April 15, 1892 in Tourcoing , France , † April 2, 1973 in Bourges ) was Archbishop of Bourges .


Joseph-Charles Lefèbvre studied Catholic theology and philosophy in Lille and Rome . During the First World War he served in the French army, was wounded and was taken prisoner of war . In 1921 he received the sacrament of ordination in Rome . From 1924 to 1936 he worked as a parish pastor and head of the personnel department in the diocese of Poitiers . From 1936 to 1938 he headed the administration of the diocese as vicar general . In 1938 Pope Pius XI appointed him . to the Bishop of Troyes . The episcopal ordination donated him on 11 October 1938 in the Cathedral of Poitiers , the Bishop of Poitiers, Edouard-Gabriel MESGUEN , co-consecrators were Joseph-Jean Heintz , Bishop of Metz , and Louis Liagre , Bishop of La Rochelle . Pope Pius XII commissioned him in 1943 with the management of the Archdiocese of Bourges.

Pope John XXIII took Joseph-Charles Lefèbvre on March 28, 1960 as a cardinal priest with the titular Church of San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini in the college of cardinals . He attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965 .

Pope Paul VI accepted his age-related resignation on October 10, 1969. Cardinal Joseph-Charles Lefèbvre died on April 2, 1973 in Bourges and was buried in Bourges Cathedral.

He was a cousin of the traditionalist Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1905-1991), excommunicated in 1988 .


  • Andre Chapeau, Fernand Combaluzier: Épiscopologe français des temps modern, 1592–1973. Paris 1974, pp. 381-382.

Web links

predecessor Office successor
Joseph-Jean Heintz Bishop of Troyes
Julien Le Couëdic (fr)
Louis-Joseph Fillon Archbishop of Bourges
Paul Vignancour