Nikolaus Messmer, Kazakh-born Kyrgyz Roman Catholic prelate, Died at 61


Bishop Nikolaus Messmer, S.J. was born on December 19, 1954, in Karaganda, Kazakh SSR and died on July 18, 2016.

He was a Roman Catholic prelate.

Messmer 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.

Bishop grew up in a family of German descent.

From a young age he joined the Society of Jesus and was ordained as a priest on May 28, 1989, and he was sent to serve in Kyrgyzstan.

Messmer was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the new elevated Apostolic Administration of Kyrgyzstan by Pope Benedict XVI on 18 March 2006.

He died in Bishkek.

Nikolaus Messmer passed away at 61 years old.