I was born in Vallese, in the plains of Rodano, in the midst of the Alps. My mother language is French and I learned German in school, which served me well when I entered the Socity of Jesus at 24 years of age because I did my novitiate in Innsbruck, Austria followed by philosophy studies in Munich. After theological studies in Paris, I studied Oriental Christianity in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Since 1993, I have been in Rome where I teach Coptic, first at the Ponitifical Oriental Institute and since 1997 at the Ponitifical Biblical Institute. I have visited Egypt frequently since 1987 and have spent time in Lebanon and Syria. I love playing piano and organ and sang in the choir of the University of Geneva before entering the Jesuits and later in Paris, but, alas, no longer. In Rome I accompany two CLC groups, something that permits me to know so many wonderful people in the city.
Licence ès Lettres, Université de Genève.
Licence en philologie et histoire orientales, Université de Louvain-la-Neuve.
Licenza in Teologia, PUG.
Doctorat ès Lettres, Histoire de l’Antiquité, Université de Genève.