Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”


Monseigneur Nicolas Brouwet
On Saturday last the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Holy See announced the appointment of Monseigneur Nicolas Brouwet, formerly Auxiliary bishop of Nanterre, as the new Bishop of Tarbes et Lourdes. His Excellency will be 50 years old in August this year, and will also this year celebrate the 20th anniversary of his priestly ordination. He was educated at the Sorbonne and the French College in Rome, during which time he taught for two years at the seminary in Jerusalem. 

We offer our congratulations, both to Monseigneur Brouwet, and to this important pilgrim diocese.

Monseigneur Brouwet is known already to the pages of this blog, as he celebrated the closing Pontifical Mass at Chartres last year, a pilgrimage which has for a long time been part of the activity of members of the French Association of the Order, and dear to the heart of our beloved Grand Master. See report here. 

It is a great blessing for the Order to have such a learned and pious man, deeply imbued with the sense of Christian pilgrimage, to preside over this see so close to the heart of the Order of Malta. There can be no doubt that His Excellency will fruitfully animate the Order's annual pilgrimage.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for him.

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