Archbishop Christian Delarbre appointed Archbishop of Aix and Arles – KTOTV

Mgr Christian Delarbre is appointed Archbishop of Aix and Arles, by Pope Francis, this Tuesday, July 5, 2022. He succeeds Mgr Christophe Dufour, Archbishop of this diocese since 2010, who will be 75 years old in December 2022. The ordination mass episcopal and installation will take place on Sunday October 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the Saint-Sauveur cathedral in Aix-en-Provence.

Until now rector of the Catholic Institute of Toulouse and priest of the diocese of Auch, Mgr Christian Delarbre takes over from Mgr Christophe Dufour. His predecessor had been in charge of the diocese since 2010.

The video portrait of Bishop Christian Delarbre

Asked by KTO when he was appointed, Bishop Christian Delarbre underlined “the joy of becoming pastor of a diocese” and “a moment of abandonment before the unknown of the task”. Since 2018, Bishop Delarbre was rector of the Catholic Institute of Toulouse. His area of ​​research is in ecclesiology and theology. His thesis in theology defended in 2007 focused on the “Theology of place: for a Church on an urban scale”.

In 2017, Bishop Christian Delarbre was the guest of Faith Taken at Word, on the bishop. On the KTO set, he said: “The function of the bishop is rather the one who is a servant, he is the servant of the communion of the Church”. It emphasized visits to parishes by bishops to “allowing all his faithful of the Catholic Church to be in contact with the whole Church, he ensures this concrete communion. A parish, no matter how small, is connected with the universal Catholic Church”. If at that time, these words were informative, it gives to see the vision of his future role.

A native of Châlons-en-Champagne (Marne), Bishop Chrisitan Delarbre was ordained a priest in 1996 for the diocese of Auch, after studying engineering at the École centrale de Lyon and military service in Burkina-Fasso. From 2012 to 2018, he was vicar general of the diocese. From 2013 to 2019, he was provincial responsible for formation for the permanent diaconate and also episcopal delegate for information.

The diocese of Aix and Arles

The diocese of Aix and Arles has the particularity of corresponding to the department of Bouches-du-Rhône, but outside the city of Marseille. It has 960,000 inhabitants for 120 parishes. 61 Catholic educational establishments are established in the diocese.

In 2020, a hundred priests were active. In September, 12 men will be in formation for the diocese of Aix and Arles: 3 in the preparatory year and 9 in the seminary. The Aix-en-Provence seminary welcomes seminarians from several dioceses in the region. This year, 25 seminarians and 10 propaedeutics were welcomed for the dioceses of the region.

The diocese currently carries the cause of canonization Maurice Blondel, a philosopher who looked into the social question at the end of the 19th century, in particular within the framework of the Social Weeks of France, and into the meditation and contemplation of Christ. Later, his reflections participated in the preparation of the Second Vatican Council.

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Archbishop Christian Delarbre appointed Archbishop of Aix and Arles – KTOTV

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