Philippe Xavier Christian Ignace Marie Barbarin

Philippe Xavier Christian Ignace Marie Barbarin

French cardinal
Date of Birth: 17.10.1950
Country: France

  1. Biography of Philippe Xavier Christian Ignace Marie Barbarin
  2. Educational Background
  3. Ordination and Ministry
  4. Cardinalate
  5. Contributions and Projects

Biography of Philippe Xavier Christian Ignace Marie Barbarin

Philippe Xavier Christian Ignace Marie Barbarin was a French cardinal and bishop. He was born on October 17, 1950, in Rabat, which was then a French protectorate in Morocco. His parents were M. Barbarin and Yvonne Marie Rock. At his baptism, he was given the name Philippe Xavier Christian Ignace Marie. He had six sisters, two of whom became religious figures, and four brothers.

Educational Background

Barbarin received his education in Paris in preparation for the priesthood. He attended the "Marcellin Berthelot" Secondary School in Saint-Maur, Val-de-Marne; College "Francs-Bourgeois" in Paris (Bachelor's degree); the main seminary in Paris (Philosophy); military service; "Institut de Philosophies Comparées" (Philosophy); the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Doctorate in Philosophy); "Institut Catholique de Paris" in the seminary "des Carmes" (Licentiate in Theology).

In addition to his native French language, he is fluent in Italian, English, Spanish, German, and Malagasy.

Ordination and Ministry

Barbarin was ordained as a priest on December 17, 1977, by Bishop Robert-Marie-Joseph François de Provenchères for the Diocese of Créteil, France. From 1977 to 1985, he served as a vicar in two parishes: Notre-Dame d'Alfortville and Notre-Dame de Vincennes. From 1985 to 1990, he was a member of the pastoral group for the parish of Saint-François de Sales d'Adamville and Saint-Maur and chaplain of the lyceum and school of Saint-Maur. He also served as the diocesan delegate for ecumenism and as a vicar in Saint-Hilaire-de-la-Varenne.

From 1991 to 1994, Barbarin was the pastor of the parish of Saint-Léger in Boissy-Saint-Léger. From 1994 to 1998, he served as a priest "Fidei donum" in Madagascar, where he was a professor of theology at the main seminary in Fianarantsoa. He then served as a pastor in Bré-sur-Marne, Créteil.

On October 1, 1998, he was appointed Bishop of Moulins and was consecrated on November 22, 1998, by Archbishop Philibert Randriambololona of Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, with the assistance of Bishop André Bernard Michel Quélen (former Bishop of Moulins) and Bishop Daniel Camille Victor Marie Labille (Bishop of Créteil). On July 16, 2002, Barbarin was appointed Archbishop of Lyon and Primate of Gaul.


On October 21, 2003, Barbarin was elevated to the rank of cardinal-priest with the title of the Church of Santa Trinità dei Monti by Pope John Paul II. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the Papal Conclave 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI.

Barbarin is known to be associated with the liberal faction of cardinals in the College of Cardinals.

Contributions and Projects

In 2010, Cardinal Barbarin opened a "biritual" seminary in Lyon, which is dedicated to both the ordinary form and the extraordinary form of the Roman rite. This seminary is the second in France, after one in Toulon, to offer such a possibility for its seminarians. In addition to the formation according to the extraordinary form, the Tridentine Mass is celebrated daily in collaboration with the religious community of the Church of Saint George. The Church of Saint George was initially closed in the 1970s but was renovated in 1989 by the diocese, allowing priests from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter to celebrate Mass in the extraordinary form. This program is overseen by Auxiliary Bishop Jean-Pierre Batut of Lyon.