Installation Celebration of Paul Desfarges SJ.
Bishop Paul Desfarges SJ, 72, is appointed by Pope Francis Archbishop of Algiers, Algeria, on Saturday, December 24, 2016. He was already apostolic administrator of the diocese of Algiers since last May. On February 10th there has been celebrate an installation mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of Africa in Algiers.
Born on May 7, 1944 in Saint-Étienne, France, he studied philosophy at the Saint-Irénée diocesan seminary in Lyon.
He did his military service as a volunteer in Algeria, where he teached in the diocese of Laghouat.
On his return to France (1967), he entered the Society of Jesus in Paris. He studied at the University of Nice where he obtained a doctorate in psychology.
Ordained a priest on 14 June 1975, he was sent to Constantine in 1976, where he taught psychology in Arabic at the local university.
From 1983 to 2005, he was Vicar General of the diocese of Constantine-Hippo and continued to teach at the University until 2006.
He was superior of the Jesuit community in Algiers and director of the Jesuit Spiritual Retirement House until his appointment as Bishop of Constantine on November 21, 2008.
On May 23, 2015, Bishop Paul Desfarges became apostolic administrator of the diocese of Algiers following the appointment of Bishop Ghaleb Abdalla Bader as apostolic nuncio in Pakistan.