Aiguebelle

Location

Official Name Abbaye N.-D. d'Aiguebelle

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Country France

City Montjoyer

Postcode F-26230

Contact Information

Telephone [33] (4) 75 98 64 70

Community Email com.aiguebelle@orange.fr

Website www.abbaye-aiguebelle.cef.fr

Superior Dom Eric Antoine, Abbé 2010

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Valentinensis (Valence)

OCSO Region REM

Founded/Restored 1816

Origins

Ancient abbey founded by Morimond in 1134, re-established by La Valsainte January 27, 1816. It was raised to the status of abbey in 1834.

History

1815, 16 November: the former abbey of Aiguebelle was bought by Fr. Bernard Bouisse, cellarer of la Val-Sainte, authorized representative of Dom de Lestrange.  On 20 November he took possession of the monastery.

1817: reconciliation of the church by Dom de Lestrange.

1826: acquisition of the convent of N.D. des Lumieres near Avignon for the children of the Third Order.  The house was given to the O.M.I. in 1836.

1839, 16 July: saintly death of Fr. Ephrem Ferrer.

 

1842, 15 November: Foundation of Roquereyne (near Albi).  Abandoned in February, 1843.

1843, 26 March: the future pope Leo XIII visits the monastery on his way to the nunciature in Brussels.

1849, 14 October: Rev. Fr. Muard, founder of la Pierre-qui-vire, arrived to make his noviciate.

1856, 24 September: consecration of the monastery church.

1896, 12 September: the general chapter is held at Aiguebelle.

1926-1937: renovation of the monastery.

1937, 24 May: the church is made a minor basilica.

1937, 14 September: Marian Congress, presided by the pontifical legate, in commemoration of the eighth centenary of foundation.

1937: Sept., a colony is sent to Acey.

1964: Dom Ignace Gillet is elected abbot general of the Order.

Foundations

Saint Maurice d’Albe in Piemont (1819 – 1830) ; St Baume (in Saint Maximin; 1824-1837) ; Roquerine, near Albi (1842-1843); Staoueli/Maguzzano (1843 – 1936); St. Vincent d’Asie in Constantinople (house of refuge; 1848 – 1850) ; Neiges (1850); Desert (1852); Dombes (1863); restoration of Acey (1873) ; restoration of Bonnecombe (1876) ; Eremo, near Turin, Italy (House of refuge, 1902-1913); Atlas/Midelt (1934); Koutaba (1951)

Father Immediate

Citeaux (1808-1962), then Port-du-Salut.

Daughter Houses

Acey, Blauvac, Koutaba, Midelt (Atlas), Staoueli, 1843 – 1904; Neiges, until ?; Desert until 1974; Dombes until 1974; Bonnecombe until 1965

Lay Associates

1) Fraternité Cistercienne d’Aiguebelle; 2) Cistercian Fraternity of Gdansk

Past Superiors

Étienne MALMY — Superior — 27/01/1816 – 14/08/1834
Orsise CARAYON — Abbot — 31/10/1837 – 16/05/1852
Bonaventure CHARAYRON — Abbot — 01/07/1852 – 13/07/1854
Gabriel MOMBET — Abbot — 22/08/1854 – 16/06/1882
Marie ABRIC — Abbot — 08/08/1882 – 14/09/1923
Bernard DELAUZE — Abbot — 02/10/1923 – 13/10/1946
Eugène COURT — Abbot — 12/12/1946 – 30/07/1956
Ignace GILLET — Abbot — 17/08/1956 – 16/01/1964
Jean de la Croix PRZYLUSKI — Abbot — 05/02/1964 – /03/1977 (v.22)
Jean TYSZKIEWICZ — Sup.ad nutum — 25/03/1977 – 09/01/1980
Jean TYSZKIEWICZ — Abbot — 09/01/1980 – 01/01/1983
Bernard LEFEBVRE — Abbot — 20/01/1983 – 18/07/1989
Aelred GIRARDON — Abbot — 25/08/1989 – 08/03/1995
Yves de Broucker — Sup. ad nutum — 23/04/1995 – /06/1996
André Barbeau — Sup. ad nutum — 20/08/1996 – 06/08/1997
André Barbeau — Abbot — 06/08/1997 – 11/07/2006
Georges GUINAND — 19/07/2006 – 01/07/2008
Jacques-Emmanuel VOISIN — 01/07/2008 – 16/04/2010

Work and Sources of Income

Honey, lavander, liqueurs, syrups; souvenir shop.

Transportation

Gare destinataire : Montélimar, 18 km. Aéroports : Lyon ou Marseille.

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