Bonjour la vie!
24 Mar 2017
Well-known in France as an orator, preacher and writer – Père Michel-Marie is a Catholic priest who has an unusual history: he used to be a cabaret performer. Now, with ‘Bonjour la Vie’ he brings his joie de vivre to songs that convey a message of spiritual, humane optimism. His approach is warm, down-to-earth and often humorous, reminiscent of such legends of French popular culture as Charles Trenet and Yves Montand.
Michel-Marie was just eight years old when he first experienced the calling to become a priest. After studying history at Nice University he did not, however, join a seminary. Instead he took to the cabaret stage, mainly in Paris, making a performing career for a number of years. Having gained this experience of a different life, he decided to fulfil his vocation in the Catholic church. He studied in Toulouse and Rome and spent time in both Franciscan and Dominican orders, including a period training future priests in Romania. He himself was consecrated as a priest in 1999, when he was 40, and he went on to spend 17 years in a parish in Marseille, where he had a transformative influence on the local community.
Père Michel-Marie reaches a wide public with his thoughts, his preaching and, now, his songs. He has produced 15 books, writes widely for the media and attracts large congregations – in 2016, 4000 people flocked to Paris’s famous Church of St Sulpice to hear him speak.
|01||Père Michel-Marie: Par-ci, par-là - Père Michel-Marie|
|02||Père Michel-Marie: Notre besoin d'aimer - Père Michel-Marie|
|03||Père Michel-Marie: La promenade de la vie - Père Michel-Marie|
|04||Père Michel-Marie: Mon vieux copain - Père Michel-Marie|
|05||Père Michel-Marie: A mort la mort - Père Michel-Marie|
|06||Père Michel-Marie: La marche des mécontents - Père Michel-Marie|
|07||Père Michel-Marie: Le miracle de l'amour - Père Michel-Marie|
|08||Père Michel-Marie: Mais si demain - Père Michel-Marie|
|09||Père Michel-Marie: Tradition - Père Michel-Marie|
|10||Père Michel-Marie: La valse de l'amour - Père Michel-Marie|
|11||Père Michel-Marie: Je veux mourir poète - Père Michel-Marie|
|12||Père Michel-Marie: Marie - Père Michel-Marie|
|13||Père Michel-Marie: Au revoir - Bye bye! - Père Michel-Marie|