Father Marc Beaumont appointed Bishop of Moulins



On Monday March 29, Pope Francis appointed Father Marc Beaumont bishop of Moulins (Allier), succeeding Mgr Laurent Percerou, appointed on August 11, 2020 bishop of Nantes. “The new parish priest must first love the community, free of charge, only because it has been sent to him; and little by little by loving her, he will get to know her in depth and he will be able to contribute to setting her off on new paths ” : this quote from Pope Francis that Father Marc Beaumont published a few days ago on his Facebook page could very well apply to his new mission as bishop. If this man from the North does not hide his surprise at the announcement of his appointment, he considers it serenely. Field priest, he did not think he was called to this kind of mission: “We also need pastors”, would have entrusted the apostolic nuncio to him.

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“Hope does not disappoint”

“What immediately came to my heart was Abraham’s call:” Leave your country, go to the land that I promise you “”, confides the new bishop, who again refers to the call of the disciples: “Leaving everything behind, they followed him. “

In spite of everything, Father Beaumont was used to these moves, the responsibility of six successive pastoral sectors having been entrusted to him at the discretion of parish appointments. Ordained on May 13, 1990 for the diocese of Cambrai after studies at the interdiocesan seminary of Lille, he exercised his ministry in rural as well as in urban areas and in mining countries. He was, since 2015 and until today, dean of the Marches du Hainaut (85,000 inhabitants), in Condé-sur-Escaut, in the Valenciennois.

Admitting to have undoubtedly only crossed “his” new diocese when traveling, Bishop Beaumont is delighted to discover Moulins, Vichy or Montluçon as well as this rural department of Allier of 350,000 souls. “My mission is to share the joys and difficulties of a whole people and to announce that the love of God is greater than anything”. A vocation confirmed by the choice of his episcopal motto: “Hope does not disappoint. “ His episcopal ordination should take place on Sunday May 16 in the Notre-Dame-de-l’Annéquence cathedral in Moulins.

Son of farmers

A native of Cambrai, born September 14, 1961, he is the oldest of three siblings, with his brother Luc and his sister Claire and son of farmers. For a long time, his parents operated a mixed-crop and livestock farm on some twenty hectares. Close to the earth, Bishop Beaumont will therefore not be disoriented, even if he himself has opted for technical studies, holder of a DUT in electrical engineering and a lighting technician’s license. Skills that he has been using for many years in the service of the communication of his diocese, more often on the management and logistics side than in front of the camera.

Diocesan communications delegate since 2006 and episcopal information delegate since 2019, the spokesperson asserts himself first and foremost as a man of listening, available and attentive. Member of the Focolare, he was diocesan delegate for the World Youth Days of 1997 in Paris, then the World Days of Rome in 2000: attention to young people but also to the fragile people that he has always cultivated, especially during pilgrimages. diocesans in Lourdes.

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From 2012 to 2019, he was episcopal vicar and member of the episcopal council with Mgr François Garnier, archbishop of Cambrai, having on this occasion a broader vision of the diocese. He notably participated in the work of the provincial synod of the dioceses of Lille, Arras and Cambrai from 2013 to 2015. He was secretary of the presbyteral council since 2019.

To breathe, Marc Beaumont was, a few years ago, used to a few bike rides, a much rarer escape due to a lack of time but also of people with whom to swallow the kilometers. From the flat country to the hills of the Allier, it is now he who will lead a whole people in his wheel.

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