France: The Order of the Holy Sepulcher Has a New Lieutenant

Source: FSSPX News

A Mass on the occasion of a pilgrimage of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher to Rome

The five-star general Jean-Michel Faugères has just been named head of the French Lieutenancy of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher, shaken by an internal crisis since 2012.


In the Holy Land, the Church lives almost entirely off the donations of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher that represent nearly 16 million euros (over $19 million) every year. The French Lieutenancy with its nearly one-thousand members entered into a conflict with the Roman Grand Master in 2012 over the management of the donations.

The dispute had to do with the centralization and distribution of certain donations. The affair grew to such proportions that a reconciliation mission was entrusted by the Grand Master, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, to Archbishop Bernard-Nicolas Aubertin of Tours.

The nomination of General Faugères on December 21, 2017 is a sign of peace: a fervent Catholic, married and father of five children, the high-ranking officer is a man who stayed out of the conflict.

“What has guided my life has been to constantly come back to the ultimate meaning. When you come back to the finality of things, there is no place for conflicts,” explained the new lieutenant, who will be invested on January 15, 2018, in Rome.