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Episcopal ordination of His Excellency Monsignor Dominique-Marie David

Sunday 8 March 2020, in Monaco Cathedral, TT.SS.HH. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène attended the episcopal ordination of Monsignor Dominique-Marie David, the new Archbishop of Monaco.

The ceremony was celebrated by the Most Reverend Bernard Barsi, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese, accompanied by the Most Reverend Jean-Paul James, Archbishop of Bordeaux and Bazas and the Most Reverend Yves Le Saux, Bishop of Le Mans.

Appointed Archbishop of Monaco on Tuesday 21 January 2020 by His Holiness Pope Francis, His Excellency Monsignor Dominique-Marie David was until that time a priest of the Diocese of Nantes and a member of the Emmanuel Community.

Some twenty bishops, more than 60 priests, numerous faithful as well as representatives of the Monegasque authorities were present for this consecration, which was performed to the accompaniment of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cathedral organists, with the sacred music performed by the Cathedral Choir and the Petits Chanteurs de Monaco.

This ordination Mass was marked by important gestures such as the reading of the papal bull making the appointment of Bishop David official, the laying on of hands by all the bishops present, the prayer of ordination, as well as the anointing and the handing over of the Gospel book and the bishop's insignia.

As a preamble to this Mass, Their Highnesses welcomed the new Archbishop at the doors of the Cathedral, as is the tradition.
Monsignor Dominique-Marie David, the new Archbishop of Monaco and Grand Chaplain of the Palace of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince thus succeeds Most Reverend Barsi, now Grand Chaplain Emeritus of the Palace of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, whose episcopal ministry has lasted 20 years.

The episcopal ordination was preceded by a luncheon at the Palace of Monaco hosted by TT.SS.HH. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène.

Episcopal ordination of His Excellency Monsignor Dominique-Marie David