Conques is a typical French village between Toulouse and Clermont-Ferrand, the site of the Abbey of Saint Foy founded in the 8th century by a hermit. With five Norbertine (Prémontré) monks who live there today, this abbey houses the relics of Saint Foy, a young girl who grew up in the 2nd century and converted through the influence of her nanny at the age of 12. Daughter of a Roman nobleman, she comes up against the anti-Christian edict. In spite of torture, she does not renounce her faith. Condemned to be roasted on a grill, a rain storm douses the flames. She then is decapitated. From then on her tomb was venerated and numerous miracles are attributed to her, especially the liberation of prisoners. With Saint Foy and her relics the Abbey became in the Middle Ages a stop on the Way to Santiago de Compostela.
Today the pilgrim can stop here to discover the magnificent treasure of the sanctuary. It is also the occasion to speak and to pray with the Norbertine brothers. As priests they combine apostolic life with community life, all while giving a very important place to the beauty of the liturgy of their divine offices. They come together for their divine offices, have their own seminary and work for the diocese in which they are living.
The abbey is a treasure of the religious patrimony in France.
For your Catholic pilgrimage in France, come and discover Conques !