Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Caen France District Dissolved

Spending 7 months as part of the Rouen Branch meant that, in a way, they become our family, and the Caen District, which covered all of Normandy, became our extended family. Our last week in "France" was actually spent with the District at the Temple in Frankfurt. We knew that District Conference was this last weekend, and we were a little disappointed to come home just before it, but I was very surprised to receive this email:
Bonsoir
Etes vous bien arriver chez vous
Merci pour tout ce que vous avez fait ici a Rouen
Dimanche nous étions a Caen pour notre conférence de District
Il y avait la Présidence de Pieu d'Anger la Présidence de Pieu de Paris
La Présidence de Mission
et le Patriarche
Rouen le Havre et Caen
sont rattaché au Pieu de Paris
et Alençon est rattaché au Pieu d'Anger
Le District de Caen n'existe plus
Voilà pour les nouvelles
Comment allez vous?
Nous ça va, nous sommes heureux d'etres rattaché au Pieu de Paris
Nous vous disons a Bientôt
La Famille Decaudin
So, the Caen District has ceased to exist! The Branches of Rouen, Le Havre, and Caen have been moved to the Paris Stake (based out of Versailles), and the Alençon Branch has been moved to the Angers Stake. What I don't know is what happened to the Branches of Coutances or Cherbourg. Possibilities include them also be part of the Paris Stake, the Angers Stake or the Lorient Distrist (informally, the "Brittany District"), or possibly they are directly under the Mission! (The Evereax Branch was closed down a year or two ago and merged with the Mantes-la-Jolie Ward in the suburbs of Paris).

On one hand, I'm sad to see the District go, but I know there has been a lot of talk over the years on how the Caen District could become the Caen Stake but the numbers just we're there. I think this will be a good way to reach the same result of offering the members in Normandy the strength of being in a Stake.

I'm always excited to watch the Church progress in France!

Stakes, Districts, Wards and Branches: I should explain, for those not familiar, what a "Stake," etc is. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon Church"), the members are organized geographically. The local units are Wards. About a dozen Wards are grouped together into a Stake. Branches and Districts are similar to Wards and Stakes, but used when there are less members. Wards are about have 150 to 300 members, and can vary is size. In some parts of the United States, a Ward will correspond to a neighbourhood, but in France a Branch or two would often cover a Department.

2 comments:

  1. Hey there !

    Just found your blog out of the facebook Paris mission page.
    My name is Thomas Fournier and I currently serve in the Paris stake high concil.
    To give you answers, the branches of Coutances and Cherbourg have been put directly under the mission's authority, just as you thought.
    Of course, all these changes are temporary, and there is a bigger picture to this : the creation of a third stake in the extended Paris area, in about 4 to 5 years from now. This project is not only our current stake presidency's view, but also the view of the area pdcy, as well as the 1st pdcy...

    According to Pdt Kimball's prophecy given in Paris in 1978, France will be filled with stakes and there will be a temple one day, "maybe more".
    This prophecy is being fulfilled today.
    Until last June, there was only 2 districts in France. Now only the Brest district remains, probably not for long. Besides, the temple has never been so close, as the church has been authorized to purchase the site.

    Fresh news : the branch of Mantes has just been converted into a ward this very past Sunday (Dec 3, 2011).

    Just thought these few words might be helpful to you guys...
    If you want more details, don't hesitate to contact me ! (grandtom@gmail.com)

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    1. I helped teach Joel Fournier as a missionary way back in 1976. I was also serving in Versailles at the time the Paris Stake was organized. It was an exciting time. My mission assignments were in Colombes, Morsang-sur-Orge, Melun, Versailles, Rouen, and Nantes. As a 60 year old, I still get excited thinking of those times. God bless...Que Dieu te-benisse.

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