Clairefontaine

Location

Official Name Abbaye N.-D. de Clairefontaine

07

Country Belgium

City Bouillon

Postcode B-6830

Contact Information

Superior Mère Benedict Thissen (Arnhem), prieure claustrale 2017

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Namurcensis (Namur)

OCSO Region CNE

Incorporated 1845

Origins

Founded at Mondaye in 1815 by the sisters of N.D. du S.C. de Mondaye; dispersed to the monasteries of Vaise, Maubec and Gardes in 1837;  new foundation at Mondaye by St Catherine of Laval in 1837; transferred to La Cour-Pétral in 1845 and to Clairefontaine in 1935. Erected as an abbey 19 July 1935.

History

1815, 8 May: A community of Trappist nuns who followed the rule of the ancient reform of Rancé, chased out of the co

nvent by imperial power, are stranded at the ancient Premonstratensian abbey of Mondaye, in the diocese of Bayeux.
1837, April: The lack of recruitment and the state of indigence to which they are reduced compels the abbot of  la Trappe, their first superior, to disperse them among the monasteries of Vaise, Maubec and des Gardes.
1837, 30 Apri: A new group of Trappist nuns arrives at Mondaye. They were sent by the abbey of St Catherine of Laval.
1845, 8 September:  The sisters leave Mondaye to settle at Cour-Pétral, in the commune of Boissy-le-Sec, in the diocese of Chartres.
1859, 21 May: Inauguration of the church of N.D. de Bonne-Espérance, by Mgr Regnault, bishop of Chartres.
1935, 18 July: Transfer of the monastery of Cour-Pétral to N.D. de Clairefontaine.
1950, 22 May: Dedication of the church.

Foundations

Boxtel, Holland (house of refuge, 1903-1920)

Father Immediate

Orval

Past Superiors

Marie d. S. de CHATEAUBRIAND — Superior — 08/05/1815 – 18/03/1832
Marie des S. Coeurs de GRAVILLE — Superior — ?/04/1832 – 30/04/1837
Elisabeth PLET — Superior — 30/04/1837 – 30/06/1863
Isabelle SIMONIS — Superior — 22/07/1863 – 18/07/1866
Antoinette MÉZERETTE — Superior — 18/07/1866 – 09/07/1869
Scholastique LEPAGE — Superior — 09/07/1869 – 09/07/1872
Madeleine RABÉJAC — Superior — 09/07/1872 – 02/09/1901
Elisabeth LAURIN — Prioress — 26/09/1901 – 25/11/1907
Madeleine CAUCHOIS — Prioress — 18/12/1907 – 04/09/1919
Henriette de Jésus LUCE — Abbess — 04/09/1919 – 31/05/1947
Gertrude MAGOS — Abbess — 13/06/1947 – 26/10/1959
Lutgarde BOUCHER — Abbess — 26/10/1959 – 26/10/1983
Gérard ALLARD — Abbess — 26/10/1983 – 25/05/2008
Anne-Marie Dusart — Abbess — 2008 – 2014
Marcelle Bodson — Sup. ad nutum — 2014
Mère Rebekka Willekes, Prieure de Klaarland, Abbesse administratrice “ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” de Clairefontaine 2015-2017

Work and Sources of Income

Bakery, biscuits. Guesthouse. Small farm and large garden. Various artisans: ceramics, painting on silk, embroidery

Guest Facilities

25 rooms (28 persons)

Transportation

Gare destinataire : Belgique : Libramont, autobus pour Bouillon. Gare destinataire : France : Sedan, autobus pour Bouillon

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