France: 130 priests to be ordained

Most of the ordinations will take place on the feasts of the Apostles Peter and Paul.

News Desk (24/06/2021 15:50, Gaudium Press) Ordinations to the priesthood in France usually take place near the feast of the two pillars of the Church: the Apostles Peter and Paul. So that people can accompany the new priest, and the community can rejoice in the arrival of a new pastor, a Saturday or Sunday is chosen.

According to the website of the Episcopal Conference of France, this year most of the priestly ordinations will take place on the weekends of June 19-20 (the diocese of Castrense, Nanterre, Créteil, Marseille, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Quimper and Léon), from 26 to 27 June (Aire y Dax, Albi, Bordeaux, Bayonne, Cahors, Cayenne, Évreux, Fréjus-Toulon, Grenoble, Langres, Le Mans, Limoges, Lyon, Paris, Perpignan, Poitiers, Pontoise, Rennes, Rouen, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Versailles) or from 3 to 4 July (Angoulême, Tours, Viviers). Some dioceses will have priestly ordinations in September or October (Avignon, Évry-Corbeil-Essonnes, Saint Claude).

The ordinands

This year 130 priests will be ordained. They are 79 diocesans, 41 from a non-religious community or from a society of apostolic life (of whom 5 are counted among the diocesans), 12 priests from religious orders and 3 priests celebrating according to the extraordinary form of the Roman rite.

The province that will ordain the most priests is that of Paris, with 22 priests, coming from the dioceses of Créteil, Évry-Corbil-Essonnes, Nanterre, Pontoise, Versailles and Paris. Followed by the province of Marseille, with 14 priests and that of Lyon with 7.

From the Saint-Martin community, 26 priests will be ordained.

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Of the religious orders, the Dominicans will ordain 3 priests, two from the province of France and one from the province of Toulouse. Two Benedictines and a Jesuit will also be ordained. The priests who will celebrate in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite are two from the Good Shepherd Institute and one from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, who will be ordained in Germany.


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