Sunday 25 April 2010

New Appointment to Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei

It is reported that Msgr. Patrick Descourtieux has been appointed to the staff of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

Msgr. Descourtieux is a Priest of the Archdiocese of Paris who, after his ordination in St. Suplice on 28th June, 1986, served for three years as Parish Priest of St. Severin in Paris, then, for ten years, as an official of the French Section of the Papal Secretariate of State, and during his time in Rome, as organist of one of the 'French' Churches there (San Luigi dei Francesi) for five years, and then for seven years as Rector of another 'French' Church (Santissima Trinità dei Monti), during which time he permitted the celebration of the Holy Week Ceremonies in the Gregorian Rite. While at Trinità dei Monti, he taught at the Pontifical Institute for Patristic Studies, where his special subjects were St. Hilary of Poitiers and St. Clement of Alexandria.

Returning to Paris, in 2008, he became resident Priest of St. Clotilde (the Church where César Franck was titulaire), teacher at the Cathedral school and Chaplain at Notre Dame and was on the Archbishop's staff of celebrants for the Gregorian Rite.