Father Michel Daubanes appointed rector of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes

Published on 11 May 2022 - 16:19

On 3rd May 2022, the Permanent Council of the Conference of Bishops of France appointed, following a proposal from Monsignor Jean-Marc Micas, appointed bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes, Father Michel Daubanes, rector of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Born in 1964, he is from the Montauban region, but worked as a tax inspector in the department of Eure before entering the seminary. He chose to become a priest in the diocese of Évreux, which had supported him during the discernment of his vocation.
Ordained a priest on 24th June 2001, Father Michel Daubanes was an assistant priest then administrator of the parish of Notre-Dame du Grand Sud in Évreux before becoming parish priest of the parish of Notre-Dame de l’Alliance in Evreux from 2004 to 2014.
He has been a member of the Episcopal Council of the diocese of Évreux since 2004,
vicar general of the diocese and moderator of the curia since 2006, chaplain of the New Hospital of
Navarre in Évreux (psychiatric hospital) since 2014, a member of the provincial team training permanent deacons since 2018, and professor of biblical exegesis at the Norman Institute of
Religious Sciences since 2020.

He loves Lourdes, a place he has known and visited frequently as a pilgrim for many years. He is sympathetic to the message of Massabielle and, with all of us, will be a receptive and committed ambassador and servant.

Our photo: Evreux Pilgrimage 2016
Photo Our Lady of Lourdes/Lacaze Sanctuary

May Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, help us as we prepare to welcome our new Rector, help us to cultivate peace in our hearts, and support us all in our mission at the service of those entrusted to us in Lourdes.” (Bishop J.M. Micas)


Father Michel Daubanes will take office in Lourdes on 1st September 2022 for one renewable 5-year term.