Gardes

Location

Official Name Monastère N.-D. des Gardes

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Country France

City St-Georges-des-Gardes

Postcode F-49120

Contact Information

Telephone [33] (2) 41 29 57 10

Community Email gardes.abbaye@orange.fr

Superior Mère Béatrice Blanloeil, Abbesse 2008

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Andegavensis (Angers)

OCSO Region RéCiF

Founded/Restored 1818

Origins

Founded by Les Forges (La Riedra, Switzerland) in 1818; the community took refuge at Marnhull, England, from 1906 to 1920

History

The monastery began on 7 August 1818 with six religious whom Dom Augustine de Lestrange brought from Forges (Orne). In October of the same year, the religious of the foundation of Bégrolles who had the place in 1817, came to join their sisters at Gardes. And in 1821 Dom Augustine transferred there also the whole community of Les Forges.
The nuns were made the guardians of the sanctuary N.D. des Gardes, a place frequented by pilgrims.

1828, 7 July: the duchess of Berry visits the monastery.
1838, 26 July: installation of the statue which is so venerated in Anjou and Vendée.
1875, 26 February: Mgr Freppel obtains His Holiness Pius IX’s brief permitting the crowning of  Notre-Dame des Gardes.
1875, 7 August: Fr. Théophile, the chaplain, receives an audience with Pius IX, presenting him with the crown for the statue, which he blesses. 8 September: crowning of N.D. des Gardes by Mgr Freppel, bishop of Angers.
1899, 27 August: Mgr Rumeau blesses and places the first stone of the sanctuary.
1904, 28 August: the statue of Our Lady is transferred to the parish church to hide it from authorities.
1904, 6 September: inventory and seizure of the monastery.
1907, 22 – 27 March: farms of the community sold by the court of Cholet.
1911, 3 November: they are sold at auction, and repurchased by a benefactor.
1921 work on the sanctuary recommenced. Mgr Rumeau places the first stone.
1932 consecration of the chapel and main altar by Mgr Rumeau, bishop ofAngers.
1952, 3 May: solemn vows taken according to the constitution “Sponsa Christi”.

Foundations

Marnhull, England (Refuge) 1906-1920; , Étoile N.D. (Parakou) 1960, Cabanoule (Paix-Dieu) 1970

Father Immediate

Bellefontaine 1818-1905; Bricquebec 1905-1924; then Bellefontaine

Past Superiors

Thérèse MALATESTA — Prioress — ??/??/1818 – ??/??/1829
Humbeline MORINIÈRE — Prioress — ??/??/1829 – 06/05/1839
M. de la Providence OLIVIER — Prioress — 06/05/1839 – 03/07/1845
M. des S-C. MALLES DE MAILLY — Prioress — 03/07/1845 – 31/01/1848
Lutgarde CHAPELAIN — Prioress — 01/03/1848 – 08/08/1851
M. de la Providence SALZE — Prioress — 08/08/1851 – 08/08/1857
Eudoxie PINEAU — Prioress — 08/08/1957 – 04/01/1869
Léocadie BERGER — Prioress — 10/05/1869 – 05/02/1874
Synclétique LORÉAL — Prioress — 18/03/1874 – 22/03/1880
Hyacinthe PAGEAU — Prioress — 22/03/1880 – 08/07/1911
Bernard DESCHÈRE — Prioress — 08/07/1911 – 07/08/1923
Cécile CHAUVAT — Abbess — 07/08/1923 – 20/10/1941
Louis de Gonzague LE NIR — Abbess — 06/11/1941 – 28/10/1950
Bernard COUTANT — Abbess — 25/12/1950 – 25/01/1957
Marie de la Trinité KERVINGANT — Abbess — 15/02/1957 – 25/10/1979
Danièle LEVRARD — Abbess — 15/11/1979 – 24/06/1998
Andrée GROLLIER — Abbess — 10/08/1998 -29/03/2008

Work and Sources of Income

Soldering electronic circuits for an industry in our region. Making jams and jellies. Herd of milking cows and a large apple orchard.

Guest Facilities

23 rooms in 3 buildings

Transportation

Gare destinataire : Chemillé, 9 km ; Cars Citroën Angers-Cholet, arrêt St-Georges-des-Gardes, 2 km.

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