Leaving his dear banks of the Seine… without them staying very far from his heart, soon leaving to settle near one of its tributaries, on the banks of the Eure. This is what Father Olivier de Cagny, rector since 2019 of the seminary of Paris, is preparing to do by taking charge of the diocese of Évreux (Eure). Without yet knowing this rural department, which he has nevertheless crossed many times since his childhood because of “family ties a little further, in Calvados”, the 61-year-old priest confides it bluntly: he is a ” great leap” which is announced for him, towards “another way of living, at the service of the people of God in Évreux”.
Parisian “pure juice”, Olivier de Cagny, 61, will thus leave the capital in which he grew up and devoted “thirty-one years of his priestly ministry”. “I will of course leave with a touch of sadness, and at the same time so much passion for this new mission. I already feel like an Ebroïcien citizen, and can’t wait to put faces to the names of the actors and priests of the diocese…”, continues the man who was ordained in 1992 under the episcopate of Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger.
A student priest for a year at Saint-Philippe-du-Roule (Paris 8th), the one who still commonly responds to the nickname “POC” had obtained, the following year, a master’s degree in theology of the liturgy at the Catholic Institute of Paris (ICP). Vicar of Saint-Denys-du-Saint-Sacrement (from 1993 to 1999), chaplain of Notre-Dame-du-Saint-Sacrement (from 2003 to 2009), or even parish priest of Saint-Louis-en-l’Île ( from 2009 to 2019)… His various missions then made him an officer in various emblematic parishes of the City of Light.
The transmission was at the heart of the ministry of the one who was, moreover, chaplain of the Parisian colleges and high schools La Tour and Gerson, and teacher at the Cathedral School and at the Notre-Dame Faculty (Collège des Bernardins). After having begun, in 1994, to intervene in the formation and supervision of seminarians in the diocese of Paris, the latter was appointed director, in 2009, then rector in September 2019 of the seminary of Paris.
“Once I have taken the time to get to know the diocese of Évreux better, I hope to be able to pay particular attention to it for the accompaniment of young people, the poor, the sick and the priests”, lists the future bishop, marked by founding encounters – at the seminary, during WYD or even marauding in the street. Inspired by the figures of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and Saint Vincent-de-Paul, the one who has chosen as episcopal motto “To bear witness to the Gospel of the grace of God” will be installed on Saturday, September 9, in Notre-Dame- of the Assumption of Evreux.