Désert

Location

Official Name Abbaye Sainte-Marie du Désert

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Country France

City Bellegarde-Sainte-Marie

Address BP 27

Postcode F-31530

Contact Information

Telephone [33] (5) 62 13 45 45

Community Email communaute@abbayedudesert.com

Website abbayedudesert.com

Superior Dom Pierre-André Burton, Abbé 2013

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Archidioecesis Tolosana (Toulouse)

OCSO Region RéCiF

Founded/Restored 1852

Origins

Founded by Aiguebelle in 1852. It was raised to the status of priory in 1855, and to abbey in 1861.

History

1862: Assuming the care of the Cistercian nuns of Blagnac (France).

1874, 19 August: Consecration of the church.

1881: (around 1881) Assumption of the care of the Cistercian nuns of Espira de l’Agly in the diocese of Perpignan (France).  The community was expelled from France in 1904 and took refuge in Spain at Herrera, where it came under the paternity of San Isidro.  This is today’s community of Echourgnac in the diocese of Perigueux (France).

1882: Assumption of the care of the monks of Divielle, a foundation of Melleray, expelled to Spain.  At this time they were located at N. D. de Hort, then moved to Bellpuig, then to Val St. Jose and finally to La Oliva where they came under the paternity of San Isidro.

1901: (around 1901) foundation of a refuge in Spain, which became the abbey of Viaceli in the diocese of Santander.

1954, 8 January: Fire breaks out in the novitiate; there is limited damage.

Foundations

San Isidro (1890); Viaceli (1908)

Father Immediate

Aiguebelle until 1972, then Neiges.

Daughter Houses

Igny (monks) 1875-1927, San Isidro, Viaceli, Rivet

Lay Associates

Laïcs Associés de la communauté cistercienne du Désert

Important Figures

Bl. Joseph Cassant

Past Superiors

Bernard RAYMOND — Superior — 21/12/1852 – 21/12/1853 (v.21)
Marcel BLACHERE — Superior — 21/12/1853 – 21/06/1855
Prieur — Prieur — 21/06/1855 – 16/02/1861
Marie DAVERAT — Abbot — 17/02/1861 – 08/05/1867
Etienne SALASC — Abbot — 25/07/1867 – 06/08/1881 (v.2)
Candide ALBALAT y PUIGGERVER — Abbot — 19/09/1881 – 24/09/1911
André MALET — Abbot — 23/10/1911 – 24/10/1936
Joseph-Marie VILANOVE — Abbot — 17/12/1936 – 31/05/1948
Jean de la Croix PRZYLUSKI — Abbot — 02/08/1948 – 05/02/1964
Adolphe LINET — Abbot — 04/03/1964 – 26/07/1966
Alexandre DECABOOTER — Sup.ad nutum — ?/ ?/1966 – 03/03/1967
Alexandre DECABOOTER — Abbot — 03/03/1967 – 09/03/1986

Dom Jean-Marie Couvreur, Sup. ad nutum 1986, Abbé 1987-02/04/2013

Work and Sources of Income

Workshops (production and sale) of the Eaux de toilette Chantelle osb; shop (monastic products and religious books); production and processing of venison (meat and pate).

Guest Facilities

25 rooms

Transportation

Gare destinataire : Isle-Jourdain, 15 km. Autobus : Toulouse-Lévignac, 5 km; Toulouse-Thil, 5 km. Aéroport : Toulouse/Blagnac, 25 km.

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