Situated west of Rennes in Brittany, 4 hours from Paris, is the Trappist abbey of Timadeuc founded by the Abbey of La Trappe in 1841. It is situated on the Nantes-Brest Canal, in a splendid green natural setting.
The monastery of Timadeuc is presented by the brothers as a “school of charity”, where the unity of the community is in the love of Christ and the times of prayer as well as in the community work and shared meals. Today there are 20 brothers who try to be “one” while sharing their lives at the Abbey of Timadeuc. The Trappists are born out of the Cistercian order of monks, themselves born out of the Benedictine order. The rule of Saint Benedict, founder of the Benedictine monks, insists on the balance between prayer and work and the importance for a monk to earn his daily bread. The manual labor is an essential activity for Cistercians as well as the intellectual work. It allows them to survive and to provide a balance in the lives of the group of monks, each working at what he is capable of doing. To answer to this need the brothers of Timadeuc produce, among other things, excellent cheeses and fruit candies which are sold in the Abbey store. What differentiates Trappists from Cistercians is the return to “strict observance” of the rule of Saint Benedict.
Our pilgrimage agency in France can organize an encounter with a monk of the community during your Catholic pilgrimage in France.