Of your charity, please offer prayers for the Eternal rest of the soul of Archbishop François Bacqué, Apostolic Nuncio and friend of the Institute, who died suddenly in Rome on 9 November 2023.

Born in Bordeaux on 2 September 1936, he was ordained a priest on the 1st October 1966. In 1988, Pope Saint John Paul II appointed him pro-Apostolic Nuncio in Sri Lanka and he was consecrated Archbishop that same year.

From 1994 to 2001, he served as Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate in Puerto Rico. He was finally Apostolic Nuncio to the Netherlands before retiring in 2012.

In 2013, Archbishop Bacqué was commissioned to conduct an Apostolic Visit to Gricigliano and our Institute. After the final approval of our Constitutions by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, He celebrated the Thanksgiving Mass on 2 February 2016 (photos below).