Bricquebec

Location

Official Name Abbaye N.-D. de Grâce

10

Country France

City Bricquebec

Postcode F-50260

Contact Information

Telephone [33] (2) 33 87 56 10

Telephone 2 Magasin: [33] (2) 33 87 56 14

Community Email ocso.bricquebec@wanadoo.fr

Website www.abbayebricquebec.catholique.fr

Superior Dom Charles Robilliard, Abbé 1996 - 2011, Supérieur ad nutum 2015.

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Constantiensis (Coutances)

OCSO Region RéCiF

Founded/Restored 1824

Origins

Spontaneous foundation in 1824; raised to the status of priory 1825 and to the status of abbey in 1836.

History

1824: foundation by Fr. Bon Onfroy, pastor of Digosville (Manche).  His religious name would be Br. Augustin.

1834, 13 November: consecration of the church.

1836: The founder, Dom Augustin Onfroy, is elected abbot.

1902-1921: a refuge is established in England

1950: “Spiritual foundation” of the Cistercian Sisters of O.L. of La Merci-Dieu, affiliated with the Order in 1977 and raised by Rome to the rank of autonomous priory in 2006.

1974: Solemn celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Bricquebec in the presence of Dom Ambrose Southey, abbot general.

Father Immediate

La Trappe (ca.1848 – 1893), then Melleray (since 1893)

Daughter Houses

Phare (since 1897), Tenshien (1898 – 1972), Nishinomiya,  Imari, Nasu, Ajimu (all six in Japan)

Important Figures

Vital Lehodey

Past Superiors

Augustin ONFROY — Superior — ?/ ?/1824 – 29/07/1825
Augustin ONFROY — Titular Prior — 29/07/1825 – ?/ ?/1836
Augustin ONFROY — Abbot — ?/ ?/1836 – 15/
Bernard BAZIN — Abbot — 02/02/1858 – 21/01/1872
Germain FURET — Abbot — 27/08/1874 – 19/10/1893
Vital LEHODEY — Sup. ad nutum — 01/11/1893 – 08/07/1895
Vital LEHODEY — Abbot — 08/07/1895 – 20/07/1929
Louis KERVINGANT — Abbot — 25/08/1929 – 03/06/1933
Raphaël GOURAUD — Abbot — 07/08/1933 – 08/08/1933
Maur DANIEL — Sup. ad nutum — 1933 – 1936
Maur DANIEL — Abbot — 12/03/1936 – ?/07/1939
Marie-Joseph MARQUIS — Abbot — 01/02/1940 – 27/04/1981
René BONPAIN — Abbot — 04/06/1981 – 30/11/1996

Charles Robilliard, Abbé 1996-2011

Dom Paul Houix, Superior ad nutum 2011

Work and Sources of Income

production of charcuterie; shop selling monastic products and religious books.

Guest Facilities

33 rooms (some with several beds).

Transportation

Gare SNCF: Valognes (12km).

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