An hour to the east from Poitiers and 3 ½ hours from Paris is the Benedictine Abbey of Fontgombault. Sixty monks live here.
This abbey was founded in the 11th century by Pierre de l’Etoile. Interrupted in 1741 the Benedictine life reappeared in 1948 thanks to the monks of the Abbey of Solesmes.Fontgombault is thus part of this same Benedictine congregation and founded other abbeys such as the Monastery of Randol in 1971, situated about 300 kms away.
Today, the many brothers and the many foundations attest to the fact that France is fertile land for vocations. The whole community comes together for the seven divine offices throughout the day and everyone works at a job that he is capable of doing. The large number of brothers allows for a variety of activities: vineyard, husbandry, agriculture, pottery, enamel, stone, icons, farm products, all allowing the monks to live through their manual labor. This is not to forget their work associated with the welcoming of visitors and pilgrims, an essential element in the Benedictine vocation. Pilgrims and day visitors can benefit from the monastery’s wares as well as the kind welcoming of the brothers all in a climate of peace and silence.
Our DMC in France can organize an encounter with a monk at the abbey during your Catholic pilgrimage in France.