Brittany, this beautiful region in western France, is rich in its traditionally Christian identity and in its well anchored faith.
Four hours from Paris, and easily incorporated into a pilgrimage in Paris, this pilgrimage takes us first to discover the splendid Gulf of the Morbihan. You will assist at the monastic liturgy at the Abbey of Kergonan, a Benedictine monastery located near the coast. You will pray at the sanctuary of Saint Anne d’Auray where Saint Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary, appeared in 1623. Pope John Paul II celebrated mass here for a large gathering of French families.
Farther to the north we will stop at Pontmain where the Virgin Mary appeared. We will take time in Lisieux to deepen our faith with Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus. She lived here and entered the Carmelite monastery here. Her spiritual “small way” that she developed while cloistered at the monastery led her to be the patron saint of missions and doctor of the Church.
We will stop at Mont Saint Michel, splendid natural wonder that is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The Abbey of Mont Saint Michel, high above the bay reminds us that we are in a place of daily monastic prayer and the site of the apparition of the Archangel Michael. The monks’ voices, during the liturgy, lift the soul towards the great beauty of spiritual reality.