Pope Appoints New Bishop for Lourdes Diocese

Father Jean-Marc Micas, current French Provincial Superior of the Society of Fathers of St. Sulpice, will take over the French Diocese in place of Bishop Nicolas Brouwer.

Newsroom (31/03/2022 09:31, Gaudium Press) On Wednesday morning, March 30th, Pope Francis appointed Father Jean-Marc Micas as the new bishop for the French Diocese of Tarbes-Lourdes, where one of the world’s most visited Marian shrines is located.

The priest is currently the French Provincial Superior of the Society of Fathers of St. Sulpice, a society of apostolic life founded in 1642 and dedicated to priestly formation.

At 58 years of age, the priest will take over the administration of the Diocese of Lourdes in place of Bishop Nicolas Brouwet, who was transferred to the Diocese of Nîmes in August 2021. Through a video, released on social media, the new bishop expressed his surprise at the appointment.
“Dear brothers and sisters, I already love you … I pray for you and I do so with great tenderness and great impatience to get to know your faces, your names, and the communities to which you belong and then walk this path with you,” he stated.

Who is the new Bishop of Lourdes?

Jean-Marc Micas was born in the French commune of Montélimar, located in southeastern France. He has a degree in civil and climate engineering from the University of Toulouse and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Toulouse in 1991, serving for five years as diocesan chaplain for the Eucharistic Youth Movement. The priest also served for three years as head of vocations for the Archdiocese.

In 1999 he joined the Society of Fathers of St. Sulpice, serving as a member of the National Council of Major Seminaries from 2011 to 2013. Since 2013, he has headed the major province of the priestly society founded in France. (EPC)

Compiled by Dominic Joseph


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