Lisieux: the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Madagascar presides over the Teresian celebrations

Lisieux: the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Madagascar presides over the Teresian celebrations

Mrs. Marie Fabien Raharilamboniaina, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Madagascar, also presides over the Teresian Feast from September 24 to October 2. ©Philippe JAUTEE

Saturday, September 24, 2022at 11 o’clock the mayor of the city Lisieux (Calvados), Sébastien Leclerc, welcomed Monsignor Maria Fabien Raharilamboniaina, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Madagascar, who presides over the Teresian celebrations until Sunday, October 2. “This is my third visit to Lisieux,” said the Bishop of Morondava. “I feel like a citizen of Lisieux. I am there as a pilgrim. »

“I would like to have a dialogue with Saint Teresa about peace, education, the environment, ecology. It gives us satisfactory answers to the questions of our daily life. »

Monsignor Marie Fabien Raharilamboniaina, President of the Teresian Celebrations 2022

In his speech, Bishop Marie Fabien Raharilamboniaina specified that he had just presided over the World Youth Days from August 30 to September 4 in Antisirabe, Madagascar. These brought together almost 30,000 young people, to whom he spoke about St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

Mgr Jacques Habert, Bishop of the Diocese of Bayeux and Lisieux, Saturday 24 September 2022 at the Town Hall of Lisieux (Calvados).
Mgr Jacques Habert, Bishop of the Diocese of Bayeux and Lisieux, Saturday 24 September 2022 at the Town Hall of Lisieux (Calvados). ©Philippe JAUTEE

Also on Saturday in Lisieux, present Monsignor Jacques Habert is experiencing the Teresian holidays for the second time as bishop of the Diocese of Bayeux and Lisieux.

Having come to this city earlier as bishop of Sées, he measures “the importance of Therese in the Lex landscape and the excellent cooperation between the sanctuary and the town hall”.

For Father Olivier Ruffray, rector of the Sanctuary of Lisieux, this reception at the town hall means a match between Saint Thérèse and Lisieux.

“She remains an ambassador for our city. She is known throughout the world as Thérèse of Lisieux. »

Father Olivier Ruffray, rector of the Sanctuary of Lisieux
Father Olivier Ruffray, Rector of the Sanctuary of Lisieux, Sébastien Leclerc, Mayor of Lisieux, Mgr Marie Fabien Raharilamboniaina, President of the Bishops' Conference of Madagascar, and Mgr Jacques Habert, Bishop of the Diocese of Bayeux and Lisieux.
Father Olivier Ruffray, Rector of the Sanctuary of Lisieux, Sébastien Leclerc, Mayor of Lisieux, Mgr Marie Fabien Raharilamboniaina, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Madagascar, and Mgr Jacques Habert, Bishop of the Diocese of Bayeux and Lisieux. ©Philippe JAUTEE

When asked about the Teresian festivals, Sébastien Leclerc said he had seen an increase in the number of visitors, a “renewed enthusiasm after the pandemic”, which the mayor considers “a very good thing for the city, of course for the hosts, but also for the traders”.

Laurent Delanoë, delegated adviser for relations with the Lisieux pilgrimage for the agglomeration of Lisieux Normandie, was also present at the inauguration ceremony at the town hall.

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