Funeral of Monseigneur POLLIEN
Posted on 15/01/2013 in 2013

The Saturday 19 January 2013 at 10.00 am

Saturday 19 January 2013 at 10.00 am

Monsignor Michel POLLIEN, auxiliary bishop of Paris from 1996 to 2012, died in Paris on Tuesday, January 15.

As is customary for the bishops of Paris and the canons of the cathedral, on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:00, 75 hits rang on the Great Bumblebee Emmanuel, homage and thanksgiving for the 75 years spent in this world by Monsignor POLLIEN.

His funeral, presided over by Monseigneur Twenty-three, Cardinal-Archbishop of Paris, will be celebrated in the cathedral on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 10:00.


Message from Cardinal Andre Twenty-three
Monsignor Michel Pollien, has just left us after several years of sickness. The Diocese of Paris keeps memory of its long ministry of priest and Bishop. We lose a father and a brother. Ordained a priest in 1966, he was vicar at Sainte Marie des Batignolles and Notre-Dame de la Gare before becoming parish priest of Saint Jacques-Saint Christophe de la Villette and Episcopal vicar of the 19 ° arrondissement. Vicar General in 1987, he became auxiliary bishop of Paris in 1996.

Having collaborated with him for many years, I have witnessed, like many priests and laity in Paris, his pastoral sense, his delicacy and his faithful attention to all. Beyond the sorrow that we are causing his departure, we are therefore invited to give thanks to God for the fruits of his ministry.

Many of us will accompany him in the liturgy of his funeral, which I chairing to Notre-Dame de Paris, Saturday, January 19, at 10:00 and pray for him.

† André Cardinal Twenty-three
Archbishop of Paris


Homily of Cardinal Andre Twenty-three

Is 40, 9-11; Ps 39; Jn 11, 17-27

Brothers and sisters,

Last September, when we celebrated here a mass of thanksgiving for the seventy-five years of Monsignor Michel Pollien, and for his years as a Parisian ministry, he had quoted this verse of the prophet Isaiah as a shepherd he led his Herd, his arm gathers the lambs, he carries them on his heart, and he takes care of the sheep that suckle their offspring. (Is 40, 11). This verse had been for him a kind of reference, light and model in his way to endorse, in his turn, the pastoral charge. It was no longer merely to contemplate the mercy and tenderness of the only pastor: God, but also to manifest by his ministry, by his way of being and to live this ministry, this mercy and this tenderness today, for the men of this Time. And we know how the Ministry of Michel Pollien has been enlightened and defined by this will not only to be close to all, but to manifest and implement a true pastoral love. I think for many priests – and in any case for me – this way of exercising his bishop's ministry was a reference, a model and an encouragement.

We know Michel was very attentive to everyone, but can be more privileged to those whom no one pays attention to. Indeed, he lived this pastoral tenderness for mankind, perhaps because through the history of his life he had gone through and experienced many of the situations in which the persons to whom he was sent and of whom he was close were. Thus this proximity stemmed not only from the pastoral intent of his ministry but also from the inner experience of what he had lived and what he lived with them.

Close, attentive, witness of God's love for men, he was not merely an additional companion of road, he was a witness of the faith. A serene witness, a peaceful witness, but an unwavering witness. Perhaps also because in his own life he had measured how much the relationship with Christ could change something, and even change the course of an existence. Nor did he hesitate to announce forcefully: Behold your God. This testimony of the faith, of which he was persuaded and which he was implementing, he has worked throughout his ministry to involve the lay Christians, men and women, through the teams of the various movements he has been able to accompany, especially in the Workers ' mission, convinced that the best word that could reach the hearts of men was the testimony of their peers. And so he has always spent himself to allow the greatest number of Christians and Christian to become these witnesses of the faith.

The testimony of the faith can be variable and uncertain in many human situations. But today we are faced with a situation that all men know: the end of life. At this point, the testimony of the faith does not graduate, does not modulate, can not circumvent. He is called, he is summoned to express himself to the way in which Christ asks the question to Lazarus ' sister: I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. ... Do you believe that?... Yea, O Lord, Thou art the Messiah (Jn 11, 25-27). This testimony of faith before death, in the face of the ordeal it represents, and in the face of the unsolved rupture that it manifests, we are all called to return it when we surround relatives, friends, relationships that are struck by the death of one of their loved ones. Michel Pollien, throughout his ministry, had to live this accompaniment in faith for many families, more or less convinced that Jesus was the Messiah and who might not have been always able to answer as Martha to the question of Jesus . But are we still able to respond as Martha to the question of Jesus? Or rather, are we not always on the way to answer as Martha to the question of Jesus? and is this account of the Gospel of St. John not given us precisely as a light to strengthen us in the search for our personal response to Christ?

Beyond these situations constituted by the priestly ministry in the accompaniment of the bereaved families, Michel Pollien gave us a witness of the more direct and immediate faith in the last years of his life, when he was Hit by the disease, without illusion about the chances or possibilities of a medical cure. He had this conviction that the manner in which he bore and lived this situation was also a testimony to the risen Christ. We know that, especially over the past year, the suffering has been very strong, very hard to bear. But we have always found Michel aware of what he was living, and I think I can say it: desiring that what he was living contributes to the fulfillment of his priestly ministry, as we sang just now, taking up Psalm 39: "Here I am Lord, I come to do your will you did not ask for a Holocaust or a victim, so I said: "Behold, I come." ». It seems to me that throughout these months, marked by suffering and by medical accompaniment, Michel has lived this ultimate offering not simply of his activities, of his pastoral achievements, but simply the offering of himself, the gift Of his life in the sacrifice of Christ for the life of the world.

As we accompany him today, we collect the signs of this testimony, we give thanks for having been able to benefit from it, and we pray to the Lord that the life and death of Michael in the midst of us are the source of a greater force in our fidelity to The Gospel and in our desire to be witnesses of Christ as well. Amen.

† André Cardinal Twenty-three
Archbishop of Paris


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Born on 22 August 1937, Michel POLLIEN enters the late vocations seminar of Morsang sur Orge, before completing his training at the Séminaire Saint-Sulpice in Issy les Moulineaux. He was ordained priest for the Diocese of Paris on June 26, 1966 at Notre-Dame de Paris.

Appointed vicar at Sainte-Marie des Batignolles (1966-1968), then at Notre-Dame-de-la-Gare (1968-1978), he found himself on a Labour Mission in the south of Paris. From 1968 to 1978, he is a chaplain of specialized Catholic Action (ACO-JOC). In 1978, he was appointed parish priest of Saint-Jacques-Saint-Christophe de la Villette, a post he occupied until 1987. Dean of the 19th arrondissement in 1980 and 1981, he was appointed Episcopal vicar in 1981 and Vicar General in 1987, a charge he would retain until his retirement in 2012. In 1988, he joined the chapter of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral as titular canon. On October 11, 1996, Father POLLIEN received episcopal ordination at Notre-Dame and thus became auxiliary to Cardinal Jean-Marie LUSTIGER, then Archbishop of Paris, and his successor Cardinal André twenty-three. He will be responsible for the Service of priests from 2003 to 2012.

Monsignor Michel POLLIEN was a member of the Council for the movements and associations of the faithful in the Conference of the Bishops of France.

On September 29, 2012, a mass of Thanksgiving on the occasion of its 75 years, brought together several thousand priests and faithful to the cathedral.


Message of Pope Benedict XVI on the death of Monsignor Pollien












Address by Monsignor Michel POLLIEN
At the mass of action on the occasion of its 75 years

On 29 September 2012, at the end of the Thanksgiving celebration on the occasion of his 75 years, Monsignor Michel POLLIEN, very moved, uttered these words.

Import-1919. jpgOn June 25, 1966, the church called me to be a priest in this cathedral.
On October 11, 1996, here I received the episcopal ordination by Cardinal LUSTIGER, with Eric chaplain.
At the end of this ordination, it was appropriate for me to say a word.
I sought to conclude and in the emotion that pervaded me, I remember being able to say only those four words: I love you all.

I read in the song of Isaiah, in chapter 40: "Like a shepherd who grazes his flock, his arms gather him." He carries his lambs on his heart. He leads to rest his sheep. "
It is in this belief that I have lived my Episcopal ministry.

My 75 years of accomplishment, according to the vow of the church, I have therefore handed over my auxiliary bishop in the hands of Pope Benedict XVI.

Tonight, to the fraternal request of Cardinal Twenty-three, I thank God for all that I have been given to live, to be and to love.

I thank my brothers bishops, those who accompanied me in my first steps; I thank all my brothers priests and deacons, without whom I could not have done much.

But above all, I thank God for the people he has entrusted to me: these laity, young and old, met and accompanied in parish communities as in movements.
With all my heart, I wanted to do and I did everything to make these lay people in the heart of this world, witnessing the love of God for everyone, but that they stay with all the men of today whatever they are, companions of humanity.

Your presence tonight goes straight to my heart and seeing you all, the song of Mary really takes for me all its dimension: The Lord made for me wonders, and because of this, I proclaim: Holy is his name.

Emotion and fatigue do not allow me to say much more, but tonight again, I feel the need to tell you again: In God, I love you all.

On the day of my episcopal ordination, I was also appointed, and I have the remainder, Bishop of Pulcheriopoli: Ancient and historic siege.
Pulcheriopoli, we can just as well translate "the beautiful city". Some, with humour, have therefore congratulated me on being Bishop of "Belleville". Anyway, I remain Bishop of Pulcherriopoli, in this beautiful city and this beautiful diocese that is Paris.

I would like to thank Cardinal Twenty-three for welcoming me there.

In the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, September 29, 2012,

† Michel POLLIEN


"I remain marked by Christifideles Laici »

Comments collected in August 2012 by Claire Le Leigh for the Conference of the Bishops of France.

Claire Leigh: You have been appointed auxiliary bishop of Cardinal Lustiger. How did he mark your department?
Monsignor Michel Pollien: Undoubtedly, it was Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger who, having called me, helped me to build my Episcopal ministry. He left me a great and fraternal freedom to live it, in a trust for which I will always thank him. I have a rather special and somewhat specific course, linked to the church in motion, to a whole post-conciliar era. He helped me to build my episcopate while respecting it in its originality.

CLG: You were very much connected to the working world. How did it evolve?
MGR MP: The working world has diversified a lot but it still exists today. A mass of people is working in precariousness. Some do not have a job, others live with little future. This situation reminds us of the attention that the Church has always brought to the most vulnerable in society.

CLG: Does a word help you through the ordeal of illness?
MGR MP: I would say, "My grace is enough for You" (2 Corinthians 12, 9). But it's quite difficult to host this event. My handicap greatly limits what I would like to do at the end of an intense life lived in the Diocese of Paris and in my responsibilities. I would have liked to continue in a dense personal and apostolic life.

CLG: What will you say to the Parisians at the September 29th mass?
MGR MP: What I told them when I was ordained bishop: I love them deeply! I would like to testify to this friendship and love that I have experienced, the happiness of living this ministry which was entrusted to me by the church, as a sign of the church's love for men. I will say what has counted in my life: the priestly life lived with the other priests and the other bishops, but especially the presence in the world of the baptized lay people. I remain marked by Christifideles Laici (1988), on the vocation and mission of the laity in the church and in the world. This is an essential source for me.

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