Monsignor François Fleischmann, a great servant of the Teams of Our Lady and the cause for canonisation of Father Caffarel, has left us.

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Monsignor Michel Aupetit, Archbishop of Paris, entrusts to your prayer:
Monsignor François Fleischmann
Prelate of Honor, Honorary Canon
who died on Friday, January 26th, 2018,
at the age of 83, in his 56th year of priesthood. 
Mgr. Fleischmann returned to the Father’s House at around 11 o’clock this morning.
May God welcome him into his peace.
The funeral will take place at Notre-Dame de Paris, Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at 10am.

"Mgr. François Fleischmann was Spiritual Counsellor to the international Leading Team from 2000 to 2006. During this mandate, he was the instigator of the launching of the cause for canonisation of Father Henri Caffarel with Marie-Christine and Gérard de Roberty, in 2003. From the very beginning, he contributed to the development of the opening procedure of the cause with his advice and experience. Then as Chancellor of the Diocese of Paris, he participated in the elaboration of all the official documents pertaining to the cause.  Above all, he was behind the digitalisation of all Father Caffarel texts: editorials in all the magazines and revues, his speeches, and diverse texts.  He was an irreplaceable connoisseur of Father Caffarel’s written works and his thinking.  He had studied L’Anneau d’Or in particular, as he showed in his talk at the Henri Caffarel. Prophet of Our Times Colloquium in December 2017.  Mgr. Fleischmann was an active counsellor within the association of the Friends of Father Caffarel and had accepted to help with the work on the Positio.  Indeed, he was great support for Father Paul-Dominique Marcovits, Editor of the cause, and for Marie-Christine Genillon." 
Les Amis du Père Caffarel 

Father Paul-Dominique Marcovits, o.p.
Editor of the cause of Father Caffarel
A Tribute to Mgr. François Fleischmann
       "Mgr. François Fleischmann was tall and rather imposing. That was my very first impression when I met him for the first time in 2005 at the Teams of Our Lady. But his eyes sparkled and creased when he welcomed someone with joy and trust. A luminous smile rounded off his way of putting someone at ease.  I was struck by the joy that dwelt within him, a joy that came from his faith in God and in his attachment to the Church.
       The expression, “A Man of the Church” suit him well, since his presence was inhabited by the mystery of the Church that he loved to serve.  I had heard of him long before meeting him and I knew of the immense service he had rendered when he was in Rome at the Secretariat of State, but also at other moments in his ministry.  Therefore, when I did meet him, I always felt grander, elevated, and faced with the nobility of the Church.  His humility was deep and natural.  It is true that he did not need to put himself forward, since his work was accomplished with such accuracy and precision that his works spoke for themselves.  Even if within the Teams Movement, we called him “Father,” we also spoke of him as “Monsignor” Fleischmann.  I like that title!  It expresses our admiration and our attachment. Above all, it does not overshadow his humility…  What can I can say, François Fleischmann was of the Church!  That was where his dignity was and he was happy with this.
       When in 2005, Marie-Christine and Gérard de Roberty, International Responsible Couple for the Teams of Our Lady, named me as postulator to the cause of Father Henri Caffarel, with Marie-Christine Genillon as vice-postulator, Mgr. François Fleischmann was present too throughout all the work and right up until today.  He knew everything that had to be done, he knew everyone.  His judgement was sure and I and all those who worked in the Association of the Friends of Father Caffarel, we listened and paid great attention to everything he said.  I often used to say to him, “I follow you.  I walk behind the luminous cloud.”  I never did anything of importance without first talking to him. 
       Though out the years when we were doing the diocesan enquiry on Father Caffarel, Mgr. Fleischmann accomplished great work in particular concerning digitalisation.  How many times did I see him put a huge file on the table, simply, as if it had no particular importance.  There again, his humility and his love of work well done can be measured.  He worked for Teams, his second family!
       Mgr. Fleischmann was born in Alsace (Eastern France), in the very beautiful town of Barr. When he came to see me—I had just left my convent in Paris for the one in Strasbourg—we went together to his native country.  It was very moving.  His life took place mainly in Paris, but I will always remember the light that inhabited him during that pilgrimage.
       Monsignor! Dear Father! You left too soon. As the Editor of the cause of Father Caffarel, I counted on you completely. We are going to miss you so much.  But now that you are beside God, you are with Father Caffarel and can talk directly to him.  May you and he intercede for us… for this cause as well, that is the cause of marriage and prayer!" 

Communiqué de l'archevêché de Paris :
"François Fleischmann, born in Strasbourg on May 2nd, 1934, was ordained a priest on April 14th, 1962 in the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. He was deputy Chaplain at Lycée Henri IV (Paris 5e) until 1963, and then was a professor at the Little Seminary of Paris at Conflans for eight years.In 1971, he was named Vicar at Ste-Jeanne de Chantal (Paris 16e) where he remained for four years, while also being in charge, in 1974, for a year, of the religious centre in the Palais des Congrès (Paris, Porte Maillot). In 1975, he became Vicar of Ste-Odile (Paris 17e); in 1981, he was deputy head of St-Pierre de Chaillot, where he looked after catechism at Lycée de L’Assomption Lübeck (Paris 16e).
From 1983 to 1998, he was named to the Secretariat of State at the Vatican for the French-speaking section. This mission in the service of the Holy Father and the universal Church, despite its somewhat austere character, was a source of enlargement and fulfilment for him. The Wednesday audiences enabled him to approach St John Paul II, and significantly marked him. 
Upon his return to Paris in 1998, he was named Parish Priest at St-François-Xavier (Paris 7e), an office he occupied until 2003. In 2002, he was named Chancellor of the diocese and episcopal bishop to the office of marriages. In 2010, he began to retire first from his office of Chancellor and then from the office of marriages.  Since then, he resided at Saint-Lambert-de-Vaugirard (Paris 15e), and was able to render numerous services to the parish.

Throughout his ministry, Mgr. François Fleischmann accompanied the Teams of Our Lady and actively participated in the life of the Movement.  He was Spiritual Counsellor to the International Team, another great experience of the life of the universal Church and the action of God’s grace. One consequence of this was that Mgr. Fleischmann became involved in the cause of canonisation of Father Henri Caffarel, founder of the Teams of Our Lady. Last December 8th,  2017 he participated in the Colloquium organised in the Collège des Bernardins upon the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Charter of Teams and gave a speech about the L’Anneau d’Or, a magazine for which he had furnished very detailed work in preceding years. 
In 2003, he was named Titular Canon of Notre-Dame de Paris. In 2005, he was elected to be the Dean of the Titular Canons. In 2013, although retired, he was in the service of the parish of St-Lambert de Vaugirard (Paris 15e). In 2014, he became Emeritus Titular Canon.

Father François Fleischmann was a man of great humility and great depth, devoted to the mission for all in a single Church.  Our prayers accompany him so that God welcomes his faithful servant into his joy and peace. And we give thanks to God for the fruits of his ministry.

Testimonials are flooding in, and we would like to share with you particularly that of Father José Jacinto Ferreira de Farias, scj, Spiritual Counsellor to the International Leading Team.