Maurice Piat

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His Eminence

Maurice Piat

Cardinal, Bishop of Port-Louis
Cardinal Maurice Piat 2017.jpg
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed15 February 1993
PredecessorJean Margéot
Ordination2 August 1970
Consecration19 May 1991
by Jean Margéot
Created cardinal19 November 2016
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth nameMaurice Piat
Born (1941-07-19) 19 July 1941 (age 78)
Moka, Moka District, Mauritius
Previous post
  • Coadjutor Bishop of Port-Louis (1991–93)
  • President of the Episcopal Conference of the Indian Ocean (1996–2002; 2013–16))
MottoPousse vers le large ("Set out into the deep")
Coat of armsMaurice Piat's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Maurice Piat
Priestly ordination
Date2 August 1970
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorJean Margéot
Co-consecratorsGilbert Aubry
Alphonsus Mathias
Maurice Couve de Murville (bishop)
Date19 May 1991
Elevated byPope Francis
Date19 November 2016
Styles of
Maurice Piat
Coat of arms of Maurice Piat.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Cardinal Maurice Piat (born 19 July 1941) is a Mauritian Roman Catholic prelate who has served as Bishop of Port Louis, Mauritius, since 1993; he is also a professed member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Piat was ordained a priest in 1970 and made a bishop in 1991. Pope Francis made him a cardinal on 19 November 2016.


Maurice Piat was born in 1941 in the Moka District in Moka, Mauritius. He attended the Collège du Saint-Esprit in Quatre Bornes and later entered the novitiate for the Spiritan order in Ireland, where he made his solemn profession on 8 September 1962. He also obtained a bachelor's degree at a college in Dublin.[1] He studied for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained there on 2 August 1970. he earned a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1972. That same year he spent three months in Bangalore, India, for his pastoral ministry.

He returned to Mauritius and worked as a catechist and professor at his old college until 1982 when he was made responsible for seminarians at Vacoas. From 1977 until 1979 followed a course on diocesan formation in Paris. He returned to his homeland to serve as vicar of the parish of Saint-François-d'Assise in Pamplemousses from 1979 to 1985. He became the pastor of the parish of Immaculé-Coeur-de-Marie in Riviere-du-Rempart in 1986.[1] From 1981 he was in charge of diocesan pastoral planning.

On 21 January 1991 Pope John Paul II named him the Coadjutor Bishop of Port Louis. He received his episcopal consecration on 19 May 1991 from Cardinal Jean Margéot.[2] He chose as his motto "Pousse vers le large" ("Set out into the deep"), a phrase Christ speaks in Luke's Gospel, when he orders Peter, who has quit fishing for the day, to return to work.[3] On 15 March 1993 he was appointed the eleventh Bishop of Port Louis[4] and was installed that same year. Piat served as the President of the Episcopal Conference of the Indian Ocean from 1996 to 2002.[5]

In March 2009 the government of Mauritius made him a Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean.[5]

In 2015, Piat participated in the Synod on the Family.[6]

He submitted his resignation as bishop on his 75th birthday as required by canon law.[7] Pope Francis announced on 9 October 2016 that he would raise Piat to the rank of cardinal in a consistory on 19 November 2016. When created a cardinal on that date, he was made a Cardinal-Priest and assigned the titular church of Santa Teresa al Corso d'Italia.[8] Mauritius has had only one cardinal before, Piat's predecessor Jean Margéot.[9]

On 12 March 2017 the government of Mauritius endowed on him with the highest honour by making him a Grand Commander of Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GCSK).[10]

Pope Francis made him a member of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on 23 December 2017.[11]


  1. ^ a b "The new cardinals". Vatican News Services. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Qui est Mgr Piat et que fait un cardinal ?". L'Express (Mauritius). 9 October 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  3. ^ McElwee, Joshua J. (17 November 2016). "Soon-to-be cardinal lauds Francis' focus on the pastoral dimension". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  4. ^ "L'Évêque" (in French). Le Diocèse de Port-Louis. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b Allen Jr., John L. (14 October 2016). "Mauritius cardinal confirms that for Francis, 'last shall be first' is the rule". CRUX. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  6. ^ Malzac, Marie (13 October 2016). "À l'île Maurice, Mgr Piat a appris qu'il allait devenir cardinal... par des amis qui regardaient la télévision". La Croix (in French). Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Mgr Maurice Piat démissionne en tant qu'évêque de Port-Louis". L'Express (Mauritius) (in French). 13 July 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  8. ^ "A Rome: Maurice Piat élevé au rang de cardinal". L/Express (Mauritius) (in French). 19 November 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Mgr Maurice Piat nommé cardinal par le pape" (in French). Defi Media. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
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  11. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 23.12.2017" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Jean Margeot
Bishop of Port Louis
Preceded by
Laszlo Paskai
Cardinal Priest of Santa Teresa al Corso d'Italia