The “Chapelains”

The “chapelains” are priests serving in the Sanctuary of Lourdes. They are the guardians of the chapel which the Virgin Mary requested from Bernadette Soubirous during the 13th apparition on 2nd March 1858. They belong to a variety of religious communities and dioceses, and come from various countries such as France, Italy, Benin , Argentina and Sri Lanka. They come under the direction of the rector, where they are responsible for the pastoral care of the Sanctuary and for welcoming pilgrims from all over the world.

La communauté des chapelains

The Guardians of the Chapel

The “chapelains” are the guardians of the chapel requested by the Virgin Mary, guardians of the actual building but also of the Church its the universal sense of the People of God.
The priest whose mission is to welcome pilgrims is called the “rector” He is appointed by the Permanent Council of the Conference of Bishops of France, at the suggestion of the bishop in charge of the Sanctuary.
The rector is supported by the “chapelains”, who share pastoral responsibility with him.
The “chapelains” come from several countries and welcome pilgrims in all languages.
Around 25 priests are resident at the Sanctuary to welcome pilgrims, accompany them in their pilgrimage process, introduce them to the message of Lourdes, meditate on the rosary and celebrate the sacraments (in particular mass and confession).
Confessions (also called the sacrament of reconciliation or forgiveness)
Every day of the year, the “chapelains” are on duty at the Chapel of Reconciliation to welcome people who wish to receive the sacrament of forgiveness.

 

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CHAPEL OF RECONCILIATION

The “chapelains” are here to welcome you every day, to listen to confessions and give God’s forgiveness.
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Mgr Jean-Marc MICAS
Bishop

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Père Michel DAUBANES
Rector

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Don Jean-Xavier SALEFRAN
Saint-Martin Community
Vice Rector

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Brother Donatello ATZENI
O.F.M. Capuchins

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Father Giovanni ATZORI
O.F.M. Capuchins

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Father Simon-Pierre BADJI
Oblates of Mary Immaculate

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Father Michel BAUTE

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Father Maxence BERTRAND
Saint-Martin Community

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Father Horacio BRITO
Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception

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Father Augustin CAYLA
Fraternity of Saint Peter

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Father Jan CHYLEK

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Father Jean-Jacques COURTADE
Diocese of Tarbes & Lourdes

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Father Paulo DALLA DEA

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Father Dominique DERKONINGEN

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Father Ignace DUCHATEL
Saint-Martin Community

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Mgr André DUPUY

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Father Mauricio ELIAS

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Father Julien FAFART
Saint-Martin Communauty

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Mr. François FOUYET
Permanent deacon

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Father Klaus HOLZAMER

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Brother Dennison JOHNSON
O.F.M. Capuchins

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Father Maxime KOUASSI
Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)

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Abbé Régis-Marie de LA TEYSSONNIÈRE

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Brother Jean-Paul LECOT
Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception

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Father Henri LEFER
Fraternity of Saint Peter

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Father Zbigniew Jozef MUSIELAK
Order of Regular Clerics for the Sick (Camillians)

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Father Emmanuel MVOMO
Son of the Immaculate Conception

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Father Joseph Manh NGUYEN
Oblates of Mary Immaculate

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Father Blaise NTUNGA
Son of the Immaculate Conception

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Father Martins OBIKARA
Oblates of Mary Immaculate

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Father Mihai PERCA

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Father Baptiste POCHULU
Diocese of Bayonne

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Father Hervé RÈME
Diocese of Nîmes

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Father Jean Marcel ROSSINI
O.F.M. Capuchins

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Father Giuseppe SERIGHELLI
Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ (Passionists)

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Father Linus SOSAI
Oblates of Mary Immaculate

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Father Jacques TURCK
Diocese de Nanterre

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Father Nicola VENTRIGLIA
Oblates of Mary Immaculate

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Father Anne-Guillaume VERNAECKT
Saint-Martin Community

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Father Krzysztof ZIELENDA
Oblates of Mary Immaculate

History

The first “chapelains” arrived in Lourdes shortly after the apparitions.
In 1866, the Bishop of Tarbes, Mgr Laurence, entrusted Father Rémi Sempé and the Fathers of Garaison, missionaries of the Immaculate Conception, with the responsibility of welcoming the first pilgrimages which were starting to develop.
First rector of the Sanctuary, Father Sempé was the superior of the “chapelains” for twenty-three years. He was also responsible for initiating the construction of the first chapel that the Virgin Mary requested from Bernadette Soubirous, and of the constructions which followed, such as the Rosary basilica.

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