Pope Francis on November 15, 2017, appointed Bishop Nicolas Souchu as bishop of the diocese of Aire et Dax, France. Msgr. Souchu is currently auxiliary bishop of Rennes.
Bishop Nicolas Souchu
Bishop Nicolas Souchu was born on July 25, 1958, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, in the diocese of Nanterre. After his classical studies, he attended the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences of the University of Orléans, obtaining in 1980 the Maîtrise in Economic and Social Administration, while following university formation courses for future priests (GFU). He then carried out his ecclesiastical studies at the major seminary of Orléans. In 1998 he obtained a licentiate in biblical and systematic theology from the Institut Catholique in Paris. He was ordained a priest on June 1, 1986 for the diocese of Orléans.
Since ordination he has held the following ministerial offices: deputy priest in Gien (1986-1992), parish priest in solidum of Orléans-Ouest; at the same member of the animating team of the interdiocesan major seminary of Orléans and from 1995, adjunct director of the Centre d’Etude et de Réflexion chrétienne de Orléans (1992-19999; parish priest of Saint-Marceau in Orléans and episcopal vicar for the city of Orléans (1999-2000); vicar general (2000-2008); secretary of the Episcopal Commission for Ordained Ministers and Laypersons in Ecclesial Mission of the French Episcopal Conference (2003-2008).
On November 28, he was appointed as titular bishop of Cataquas and auxiliary of Rennes. He received episcopal ordination on January 18, 2009. Within the French Episcopal Conference he is a member of the Episcopal Commission for Ordained Ministers and Laypersons in Ecclesial Mission.