Homage from the family of the murdered priest: "Faithful to his spirit, we will not judge"

“Olivier will be sadly missed by all of us, but, true to his spirit, we will not judge and we will be inspired by him to face this trial in the love of God and of the Virgin Mary. "

The funeral of the priest Olivier Maire was celebrated on Friday in the basilica of Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre. They were chaired by Bishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, president of the Conference of Bishops of France.

The funeral was initially supposed to be held in private, but eventually 600 people gathered in the basilica. Among them, Éric Dupond-Moretti, Minister of Justice, and Senator Bruno Retailleau.

Mgr Jacolin, Bishop of Luçon, began his homily through prayer.

“Lord Jesus, you see us helpless in the face of the murder of which our brother Olivier Maire was the victim. You who loved us and who gave yourself up for us until you died on the cross, free us from all fear and hatred by the power of your resurrection, you who live and reign with the Father, in unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen. "

The priest's family, including his brothers Stéphane and Jérôme, also spoke.

“Olivier will be sadly missed by all of us, but, true to his spirit, we will not judge and we will be inspired by him to face this trial in the love of God and of the Virgin Mary. "

Daniel Busnel, provincial councilor of Montfortian missionaries, honored the memory of a man "who does not make noise but who moves forward".

“You have remained a simple man, very accessible, who does not make noise but who moves forward. Everywhere you went, you marked people. "

Father Luiz Augusta Stefani, current Superior General of the Montfortians, for his part noted an “explosion of solidarity” after the death of the priest.

“The death of Father Olivier caused an explosion of solidarity. Never had the Montfortian family received so many messages, all over the world. With his sad and violent death, Father Olivier continued to evangelize. "

Olivier Maire was found dead on August 9 in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre. A Rwandan refugee rejected from asylum, Emmanuel Abayisenga, declared that he had killed him when he had himself surrendered to the Mortagne-sur-Sèvre gendarmerie. First placed in custody, he was then taken to a psychiatric hospital.

MC

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