The mission of the sanctuary is mainly oriented towards welcoming pilgrims to whom varied spiritual services are provided: apart from celebrating mass four times daily, the priests appointed to Fourvière (the chaplains) are available to give the sacrament of reconciliation for eight hours every day, to welcome and talk with the pilgrims, to organise and animate prayer times with the help of the numerous volunteers who, in one way or another, offer their time to the sanctuary. The chaplains also prepare and animate catechesis events or debates such as the “mardis de Fourvière” (The sanctuary Our Lady of Fourvière does not have a parish mission; no weddings, baptisms or funerals are celebrated there).

Bishop Patrick Le Gal: Rector of the Sanctuary

Born in 1953, Patrick Le Gal was ordained on 8th December 1982 for the community Notre-Dame de la Sagesse and was consecrated a bishop on 7th December 1997 for the diocese of Tulle. He was appointed bishop of the French Armed Forces in 2000 and auxiliary bishop of Lyons in 2009. Since 2013, he has been the Rector of the Sanctuary Our Lady of Fourvière and the national director of the Pontifical Missionary Works.

Father Jean-Eudes Chavanat: Vice-Rector


Fr. François de Vorges,

Fr. Didier Martin,

Fr. Gilles Sander,

Fr. Hervé Benoit,

Fr. Laurent Spriet