Portrait of Archbishop Christophe Pierre

Closing Mass

June 18, 2022

05:00 PM – 6:30 PM
GICC Exhibit Hall A,B,C,D

Archbishop Christophe Pierre

Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America

Archbishop Christophe Pierre was born on Jan. 30, 1946, in Rennes, France. He competed his primary education in Antisirabé, Madagascar and his secondary schooling in Saint-Malo, France and Marrakech, Morocco. Archbishop Pierre speaks French, Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Father Pierre was ordained a priest on April 5, 1970 in Saint-Malo, France and was incardinated in the Archdiocese of Rennes. Later that year, he began serving as parochial vicar at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in the Diocese of Nanterre until 1973.

While working as a parochial vicar, Father Pierre earned a master’s degree in sacred theology from the Catholic University of Paris in 1971. In 1977, he earned a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. That same year, he completed his studies at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome and started his service in the Diplomatic Corps of the Holy See on March 5, 1977.

From 1977-1981, Father Pierre was appointed to the Pontifical Representation in New Zealand and the Islands of the Pacific Ocean. Subsequently, he served in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Cuba and Brazil. In the early 1990s, he served at the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Pierre was elected Titular Archbishop of Gunela on July 12, 1995, and received the Episcopal Consecration on September 24, 1995, in Saint-Malo, France.

Archbishop Pierre was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti on July 12, 1995, where he served until 1999. He served as the papal representative for Uganda from 1999-2007, and Mexico from 2007-2016.

On April 12, 2016, Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America.