Maurice Piat

His Eminence

Maurice Piat

Cardinal, Bishop of Port-Louis
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Church Roman Catholic Church
Diocese Port-Louis
See Port-Louis
Appointed 15 February 1993
Predecessor Jean Margéot
Ordination 2 August 1970
Consecration 19 May 1991

by Jean Margéot
Created cardinal 19 November 2016

by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth name Maurice Piat
Born (1941-07-19) 19 July 1941 (age 78)

Moka, Moka District, Mauritius
Previous post
  • Coadjutor Bishop of Port-Louis (1991–93)
  • President of the Episcopal Conference of the Indian Ocean (1996–2002; 2013–16))
Motto Pousse vers le large ("Set out into the deep")
Coat of arms Maurice Piat's coat of arms
Ordination history of

Maurice Piat
Priestly ordination
Date 2 August 1970
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecrator Jean Margéot
Co-consecrators Gilbert Aubry

Alphonsus Mathias

Maurice Couve de Murville
Date 19 May 1991
Elevated by Pope Francis
Date 19 November 2016
Styles of

Maurice Piat
Coat of arms of Maurice Piat.svg
Reference style His Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Cardinal Maurice Piat (born 19 July 1941) is a Mauritian Roman Catholic prelate who has served as Bishop of Port Louis, Mauritius, since 1993; he is also a professed member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Piat was ordained a priest in 1970 and made a bishop in 1991. Pope Francis made him a cardinal on 19 November 2016.

Life [ edit ]

Maurice Piat was born in 1941 in Moka, Mauritius. He attended the Collège du Saint-Esprit, a middle and high school in Quatre Bornes. Upon graduating, he entered the novitiate of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in Ireland, where he made his solemn profession on 8 September 1962. He also obtained a bachelor's degree at a college in Dublin.[1] He studied for the priesthood in Rome, while residing at the Séminaire français de Rome [fr; it]. He was ordained a priest in Rome on 2 August 1970. He earned a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1972. That same year he spent three months of pastoral ministry in Bangalore, India.

He returned to Mauritius and worked as a catechist and professor at his old college until 1982, when he was made responsible for seminarians at the Foyer Mgr Murphy in Vacoas. From 1977 until 1979 followed courses on diocesan formation at the Institut de formation des éducateurs du clergé [fr] (IFEC), in Paris. He returned to his homeland to serve as vicar of the parish of Saint-François-d'Assise in Pamplemousses from 1979 to 1985. He became the pastor of the parish of Coeur-Immaculé-de-Marie in Riviere-du-Rempart in 1986.[1] From 1981 he was in charge of diocesan pastoral planning.

On 21 January 1991, Pope John Paul II named him the Coadjutor Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Port-Louis. He received his episcopal consecration on 19 May 1991 from Cardinal Jean Margéot.[2] He chose as his motto "Pousse vers le large" ("Set out into the deep"), a saying of Christ in Luke's Gospel, when he orders Peter the fisherman to cast his net again after a day of unfruitful work .[3] On 15 March 1993 he was appointed the eleventh Bishop of Port Louis[4] and was installed that same year. Piat served as the President of the Episcopal Conference of the Indian Ocean from 1996 to 2002.[5]

In March 2009 the government of Mauritius made him a Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean.[5]

In 2015, Piat participated in the Synod on the Family.[6]

He submitted his resignation as bishop on his 75th birthday as required by canon law.[7] Pope Francis announced on 9 October 2016 that he would raise Piat to the rank of cardinal in a consistory on 19 November 2016. When created a cardinal on that date, he was made a Cardinal-Priest and assigned the titular church of Santa Teresa al Corso d'Italia.[8] Mauritius has had only one cardinal before, Piat's immediate predecessor, Jean Margéot.[9]

On 12 March 2017 the government of Mauritius awarded him its highest honour by making him a Grand Commander of Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GCSK).[10]

Pope Francis appointed him to the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on 23 December 2017.[11]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b "The new cardinals". Vatican News Services. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Qui est Mgr Piat et que fait un cardinal ?". L'Express (Mauritius). 9 October 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  3. ^ McElwee, Joshua J. (17 November 2016). "Soon-to-be cardinal lauds Francis' focus on the pastoral dimension". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  4. ^ "L'Évêque" (in French). Le Diocèse de Port-Louis. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b Allen Jr., John L. (14 October 2016). "Mauritius cardinal confirms that for Francis, 'last shall be first' is the rule". CRUX. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  6. ^ Malzac, Marie (13 October 2016). "À l'île Maurice, Mgr Piat a appris qu'il allait devenir cardinal... par des amis qui regardaient la télévision". La Croix (in French). Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Mgr Maurice Piat démissionne en tant qu'évêque de Port-Louis". L'Express (Mauritius) (in French). 13 July 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  8. ^ "A Rome: Maurice Piat élevé au rang de cardinal". L/Express (Mauritius) (in French). 19 November 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Mgr Maurice Piat nommé cardinal par le pape" (in French). Defi Media. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
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  11. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 23.12.2017" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by

Jean Margeot
Bishop of Port Louis

Preceded by

Laszlo Paskai
Cardinal Priest of Santa Teresa al Corso d'Italia

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