Chimay

Location

Official Name Abbaye N.-D. de la Paix

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Country Belgium

City Chimay

Address Chaussée de Trélon, 1

Postcode B-6460

Contact Information

Telephone [32] (60) 21.11.64

Fax [32] (60) 21.49.36

Community Email lapaixchimay@gmail.com

Website nddelapaixchimay.blogspot.it

Superior Mère Catherine Pagano, Supérieure ad nutum 2011

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Tornacensis (Tournai)

OCSO Region CNE

Incorporated 1878

Origins

Founded in 1207 under the name Gomerfontaine; suppressed in 1792; restored in 1802 as the Bernardines de St-Paul-aux-Bois (diocese of Soissons);  erected as an abbey in 1827; affiliation to the Congregation of La Trappe in 1878; transferred to Fourbechies (diocese of Tournai) in 1904 and to Chimay in 1919.

History

The abbey N.D. de la Paix is the continuation of the ancient abbey Gomerfontaine, founded in 1207. The monastery had the title of a royal abbey.
One counts 33 Abbesss from 1207 to the Revolution. The number of religious rose to around 20 in 1792. Madame de Sarces was abbess.
In 1802, ten years after the suppression, they took the first steps to reunite and had designs to educate young girls as long as this did not impinge upon the observances of Gomerfontaine.
1804, 3 May: the sisters are installed at Nesle.

1805, 16 January: Mère M. Pauline Ducastel is elected superior. She had made vows at Gomerfontaine in 1779. She was a founder of the monastery St. Paul-aux-Bois in June 1816. The community counted 15 religious and 15 retired sisters who came from Nesle to St. Paul.
As early as 1817 they took steps to affiliate with the Trappists, but not until 1878 did the Bernardines of St Paul-aux-Bois become definitively affiliated with the Congregation of La Trappe (New Reform). Dom Etienne Salase, abbot of Désert, Father Immediate of the Trappist nuns of Blagnac, was given the task of this incorporation.
R.M. Marie-Adelaïde Hodé was prioress of St. Paul-aux-Bois when they were expelled on 4 October 1904. The community took refuge at Fourbechies. Dom Norbert Sauvage, abbot of Scourmont, received the community when they arrived in Belgium, and was named Father Immediate. He became Procurator general of the Order September 17, 1913 and was replaced October 24 by Dom Anselme Le Bail, who oversaw the transfer of the community to Chimay on 14 August 1919, taking the title Notre Dame de la Paix.
The consecration of the church took place on 13 October 1925. This day was the 659th anniversary of the dedication of the church of Gomerfontaine, the first church of this community of N.D. de la Paix.

1940: In May, the community was evacuated and found refuge at the abbey of N.D. de Bonne Garde at Ste Anne-d’Auray until 18 August 1940.
1952 pronouncement of solemn vows.

Foundations

Berkel (Arnhem), 1937

Father Immediate

Désert, 1878-1904; then Scourmont

Past Superiors

Pauline DUCASTEL — Superior — 16/01/1805 – 31/07/1835
Stéphanie d’ALINCOURT — Superior — ?/ ?/1835 – ?/ ?/1854
Joséphine DUPLAQUET — Superior — 1854 – 1860
Placide CANAPPE — Superior — 1860 – 1866
Joséphine DUPLAQUET (2) — Superior — 1860 – 1872
Rose COUREUR — Superior — 1872 – 1878
Marguerite-Marie DORBE — Prioress — 29/04/1878 – 20/10/1883
Adélaïde HODÉ — Prioress — 13/11/1883 – 20/03/1919
Madeleine SCHOCKAERT — Prioress — 05/04/1919 – 19/05/1925
Beatrix PIRNAY — Prioress — 14/08/1925-27(Ch.Gén.)
Beatrix PIRNAY — Abbess — 1927 – 06/08/1934
Gertrude DEMARREZ — Abbess — 15/09/1934 – 31/07/1937
Emmanuel DUJARDIN — Abbess — 31/07/1934 – 10/09/1946
Scholastique DAL — Abbess — 12/09/1946 – 26/09/1949
Anne-Marie LE BERRE — Abbess — 26/09/1949 – 30/08/1957
Hedwige MARTINET — Abbess — 27/09/1957 – 06/08/1981
Marie-Thérèse DEVOS — Superior ad nutum — 08/08/1981 – 07/07/1982

Elizabeth CONNOR — Superior ad nutum — 07/07/1982 – 11/09/1984
Pascale TROISGROS — Abbess — 11/09/1984 – 23/12/1985

Mère Roza Van den Bosch, Supérieure ad nutum 1986, Abbesse 1989-2011

Work and Sources of Income

Altar breads. Liturgical vestments: albs in wool, hand weaving and production of chasubles, stoles, etc.

Guest Facilities

9 rooms ; 14 beds

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