Archbishop of Lyon, France, Cardinal Philippe Tabarin was born in Rabat, Morocco on October 17th, 1950. He graduated from Sorbonne in Paris with a degree in philosophy, and entered in a Carmelite seminary in 1973. He became ordained a diocesan priest in the city of Créteil, France on December 17th, 1977. During his first few years of priesthood he was highly involved with high school students and was also responsible for ecumenism in his diocese. From 1994 to 1998, he became a “fidei donum” priest and theology professor at a seminary in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar. Later on October 1st, 1998, Pope Wojtyla appointed him the Bishop of Moulins. He was anointed on November 22nd. 1998. On July 16th, 2002 he became the Archbishop of Lyon. John Paul II made him Cardinal during the Consistory on October 21st, 2003, and on December 31st, 2002 he was awarded the title as Knight of the Legion of Honor and is currently a member of the Doctrinal Commission of French Bishops. He is also a member of the Vatican
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and for Institutes of Consecrated Life and societies of Apostolic Life. He has visited our community in Lourdes, France, on several different occasions, and has welcomed our invitation from our boys and girls to come visit us this year during the Festival of Life. He will be with us on Thursday July 12th, and Friday the 13th. He will be at the head of opening mass during the festival on both Thursday and Friday afternoon.
His Excellency Bishop Giuseppe Guerrini
Bishop of the Diocese of Saluzzo where Community Cenacolo was born. He is the director of Vocations for the Episcopal Conference and for the Vocations and Seminaries for the “Mista” Commission for Consecrated life in “Piemonte.” He will be celebrating mass on Sunday morning which will conclude the Festival, during which he will ordain as priests Eugenio and Michel, the two Deacons of our community.
Monsignor Balcells is the Archbishop of Tarragona, Spain. He was born on Febuary 8th, 1944 and studied at the Roman College of the Holy Cross between the years of 1962 and 1973 where he received a doctorate in Education. He later received a doctorate in theology at the University of Navarra, and became ordained an Opus Dei priest on August 5th, 1973. He has ministered with a particular interest in both teaching and faculty in Navarra as well as other locations, directing the Pastoral and Catechism Department at the University of Navarra as well as the Superior Institute of Religious Studies. On June 15th, 2004 Pope John Paul II appointed him as the Archbishop of Tarragona. On September 19th, 2004 he was consecrated as Bishop, officially taking possession of the Archdiocese. On June 29th, 2005 he received a pallium from Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He was also a member of the Commission for Seminaries and Universities in the Spanish Bishop’s Conference from 2005 to 2011. He has also been a member of the Teaching and Episcopal Commission for Catechesis since 2005.
He has visited our Community in Lourdes on several different occasions. He has also invited many of our young people to give testimony in his diocese, searching to form a sincere friendship, and showing a deep interest in the faith-based journey of recovery that community has to offer. He will be with us on Saturday and Sunday to participate in the many moments of joy during the Festival.
Father Francis Peyron
Father Francis is a Missionary of the Consulate. With the help of a few other missionary priests he helps run a monastery at Certosa di Pesio where monthly spiritual retreats are given as part of a “School of Prayer” for young people where the boys and girls of our Community also participate, in addition to meetings given for families, and catechisms and retreats for our consecrated. Father Francis has been a good friend of the community for years, and he often goes to celebrate mass, give catechisms, and hear confessions in a few of our fraternities. He will be giving the catechism on Saturday morning.