Archbishop Le Saux leaves Le Mans to become Bishop of Annecy
Bishop Yves Boivineau announced it in April in an interview at Dauphine : his resignation from the episcopal see of Annecy for retirement “will not be accepted until a successor is appointed”. It is now chosen done, since the Vatican announced on Monday June 27 that Pope Francis had appointed Bishop Yves Le Saux to become bishop of the Haute-Savoie diocese.
After the long episcopate of Mgr Boivineau – who remained twenty-one years in Annecy – the pope chose a man who had already been a bishop for several years, Mgr Le Saux having been at the head of the diocese of Le Mans (Sarthe) since 2008 It was the first episcopal office of this native of Morbihan.
The testimony of Pierre Goursat
Born in 1960, Yves Le Saux was ordained a priest in 1986 for the diocese of Autun (Saône-et-Loire). If his ministry is then exercised in the department, it mainly comes under the community of Emmanuel, of which he is a member. He thus carries out various missions at the sanctuary of Paray-le-Monial, the spiritual heart of the community and the place of its important summer sessions, being there chaplain and then chaplain of the school of evangelization.
From 1997, he continued his commitment by being responsible for the propaedeutic year Saint-Joseph in Namur (Belgium), still for the community of Emmanuel. Five years later, he became responsible for the priests, deacons and seminarians of this movement of the Charismatic Renewal movement.
“I owe a lot to the founder of Emmanuel, a layman, Pierre Goursat, but since I became a bishop I try to be with everyone”he assures, joined by The cross. Since 2008, he has been responsible for the pastoral management of the diocese of Le Mans. There, he notably led a diocesan synod from January 2018 to June 2019. “The great difficulty is to listen to each other, in order to discern how to announce hope in a fragile world, in search”he believes.
Mail to priests
In a letter translated to the priests of the Sarthe diocese for informants of his departure for Haute-Savoie, he assures them of his ” Acknowledgement “. “I ask your forgiveness for everything that could have hurt you, disappointed you, for any indelicacy, lack of charity, lack of humility, lack of audacity or courage”he continues.
The last weeks at Le Mans of Archbishop Le Saux were marked by two important decisions, ” in the making ” before he was asked to become Bishop of Annecy. First of all, the request made to Aline Lizotte to resign from her position as general moderator of the Association for the Christian Formation of the Person. Then, signed Tuesday, June 21, a decree of strict application of the motu proprio Custodian traditions, limiting the use of the preconciliar liturgy. Archbishop Le Saux will be installed on Sunday August 21 in Annecy.