Monday, 10 July 2017

Mgr. Dominique Rey Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon is made Prelate Grand Cross of the Order


The annual Chapter of the Grand Priory of Monaco took place on 10th June at Castelet in the presence of Monsignor Dominique Rey, Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon. Also present were HE Count Jan Dobrzenskÿ z Dobrzenicz, Grand Master of Order and HE Prince Charles-Philippe d' Orléans, Duke of Anjou and Grand Master Emeritus, now Grand Prior of France and President of the Governing Council of the Order.

On this occasion Archbishop Rey received the Grand Cross of the Order, becoming a Prelate Grand Cross. In addition, one new Consoeur and seven new Confreres entered the Order, whilst eight members were promoted. Thanks be to God.

Bishop Rey is renowned far beyond his own diocese in the south of France for his forward thinking and the number of ordinations he draws to his diocese, bucking the trend of most dioceses in the western world. Also, for his support of tradition in the Church. For the past several years he has been the inspiration behind an innovative Liturgical Conference - Sacra Liturgia - this year held in Milan (and previously in Rome and London). To say nothing of the annual festival of St Tropez (the Bravade), which draws thousands to take part in the three-day spectacle every year.

Chaplain in Great Britain, Fr Simon Henry, 
with Bishop Rey in St Tropez.

Birthday Donation

The SUROL Bulletin this quarter gives the Grand Priory of Great Britain a full page of thanks occasioned by the donation of £3,125. The Grand Prior, HE Martin Thacker, recently celebrated his 50th birthday and asked for donations for SUROL instead of gifts. 

Happy Birthday to our Grand Prior in this significant year and long may he reign over us!