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Sanctuary and Abbey of Sainte-Foy de Conques

Guardians of the treasure of Saint Foy

Conques is a charming village between Toulouse and Clermont-Ferrand. Here is the Abbey of Saint Foy, a stop in France on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

The abbey was founded in the 8th century by a hermit. With the monks of the Norbertine community who live here today, the Abbey houses the relics of Saint Foy.

This young girl grew up in the 2nd century and converted to Christianity through the influence of her nanny at age 12. Daughter of a Roman nobleman, she came up against the anti-Christian edict. In spite of torture, she did not renounce her faith. Condemned to be roasted on a grill, a rain storm douses the flames. She then was decapitated. From then on her tomb was venerated and numerous miracles are attributed to her, especially the liberation of prisoners. With Sainte Foy and her relics, the Abbey became in the Middle Ages a halt on the Way to Santiago de Compostela.

Today the pilgrim can stop here to discover the magnificent treasure of this shrine of France. 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 importance 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.

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