|Birth: ||Jul. 26, 1934|
|Death: ||Mar. 1, 1998|
Cardinal Jean Marie Julien Balland, Former Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lyon and Cardinal Priest of the Title of San Pietro in Vincoli was born on July 26, 1934, in Bué, Cher, France, the fifth child in a family of winemakers.
He received his education at the Seminary of Bourges, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, from where he earned a Licentiateship in Philosophy in 1956, and in Theology in 1962, and later at the La Sorbonne University of Paris, from where he earned his Doctorates in Philosophy and Theology.
Balland was ordained to the Priesthood on September 3, 1961, and successively served as a Faculty Member of the Seminary of Bourges, at the Major Regional Seminary of Tours, Tours and ultimately within the Major Seminary of Poitiers. He performed pastoral work in the rural areas of Che, of which he was named Episcopal Vicar in 1974. Diocesan Assistant of the Christians in the Rural World Movement of Bourges, he served as Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Bourges between 1980 and 1982.
Aged 48, he was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Dijon on November 6, 1982, and received his Episcopal Consecration on December 12, inside the Cathedral of Dijon, from Msgr. Paul Vignacour, Archbishop of Bourges, assisted by Future Cardinal, Msgr. Albert Decourtray, Archbishop of Lyon, and by Msgr. Lucien Charles Gilbert Daloz, Archbishop of Besançon. Balland was promoted to the Metropolitan See of Reims on August 8, 1988, and served as Apostolic Visitor to the French Seminaries between 1992 and 1994. He was transferred to the Metropolitan See of Lyon on May 27, 1995, succeeding Cardinal Albert Decourtray.
In the Consistory of February 21, 1998, Pope John Paul II elevated Monsignor Balland to the Sacred College of Cardinals with the Title of San Pietro in Vincoli. Suffering from lung cancer, he died a week later on March 1, 1998, aged 63, at the Hôpital de la Croix-Rousse of Lyon. He had difficulty climbing the steps to receive the red hat from Pope John Paul II during the Consistory but was well enough to greet well-wishers at a reception hosted by the French Ambassador to the Holy See that evening.
His remains lie buried in the Crypt of Saint-Jean's Metropolitan and Primatial Cathedral of Lyon.
Departement du Rhône
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: May 27, 2008
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