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Friday, March 24, 2017
Estonia: first Catholic bishop to be consecrated in 70 years
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┬áThis Saturday, 10 September, the Estonian Apostolic Administration of the Roman Catholic Church will consecrate Msgr Philippe Jourdan as Bishop. Pope John Paul II appointed Msgr Philippe Jourdan Bishop on March 23, 2005. Msgr Philippe Jourdan will become the second locally residing Catholic bishop in Estonia since the Reformation. The Festive Mass of Ordination will take place in Tallinn St Olaf Church at 11am, presided over by the apostolic nuncio, the Archbishop Peter Stephan Zurbriggen and assisting bishops. The previous Catholic bishop and apostolic administrator residing in Estonia was Jesuit Eduard Profittlich, who was consecrated bishop in 1936 in Tallinn. After the imprisonment of Profittlich and his death in 1942 it was impossible to establish a Catholic hierarchy in Estonia any more and the Catholic congregations were subordinated to the archdiocese of Riga in Latvia. Since Estonia regained its independence the local Catholic Church has been governed by three apostolic nuncio residing in Vilnius: Justo Mullor Garcia, Erwin Josef Ender and Peter Stephan Zurbriggen. Msgr Philippe Jean-Charles Jourdan was born on August 30, 1960 in Dax, France. He studied mathematics in Paris and later qualified as an engineer in LycÚe Luois-Le-Grand. In 1980 he joined the prelacy of Opus Dei after which he studied theology in Rome. After being ordained a priest he worked as a chaplain of the University of Paris and as a spiritual director of Opus Dei. In May 1996 Msgr Philippe Jourdan arrived in Estonia and was named the general vicar. During the years 1999-2001 he served as a priest of the Cathedral of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Tallinn. Since 1997 he has been the representative of the Catholic Church in the Estonian Council of Churches and last year he was elected the vice-president. In addition to his mother tongue Msgr Philippe Jourdan speaks Estonian, Russian, English, Spanish, Italian and German. He is completing his doctoral thesis on analytical philosophy. For pictures of the event go to Source: Estonian Catholic Media Office
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