La Trappe

Location

Official Name Abbaye N.-D. de la Trappe

02

Country France

City Soligny-la-Trappe

Postcode F-61380

Contact Information

Telephone [33] (2) 33 84 17 00

Community Email abbaye@latrappe.fr

Website www.latrappe.fr

Superior Dom Guerric Reitz-Séjotte, sup.ad nutum 2003, Abbé 2004

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Sagiensis (Sées)

OCSO Region RéCiF

Founded/Restored 1814

Origins

Founded in 1140 by Rotrou III, Count of Perche; re-established 1814.

History

1122: Rotrou III, Count of Perche, had a church built in the honour of the Virgin Mary in a place called “La Trappe”.  He had it  built to commemorate his wife who had perished at sea during the shipwreck of the Blanche-Nef off Basfleur.  Since few  asked the Benedictines of the Congregation of Savigny to found a monastery on the site.  Monks were sent from Breuil-Benoit in 1140 to inhabit the new monastery.

1147: a bull of Eugene III first put La Trappe under the protection of the Holy See, confirming its possessions and revenues and exempting it from the tithes (in 1148 La Trappe, which belonged to the Congregation of Savigny, was attached to the Order of Citeaux).

1664: In the 17th century the abbey was governed by Abbot de Rancé, who reinstituted monastic observance there.

1789: During the French Revolution part of the community, preferring exile to dispersal, fled to Switzerland, to the former Charterhouse of la Val-Sainte near Fribourg.  The abbot there was Dom Augustin de Lestrange.  But soon the monks were forced to seek refuge elsewhere and thus began a new odyssey through Austria, Russia, Prussia, England and finally North America.  These voyages led to new foundations, notably that of Westmalle in Belgium.

1815:  After 24 years of exile, the community returned home.  The construction of the second church of La Trappe on the site of the original chapel built by Rotrou destroyed by the revolutionaries, was begun in 1829.

1895: The present church, the third church of La Trappe, was begun.

1966: The community gave up the name of Grande Trappe, calling itself simply La Trappe.

Father Immediate

Cîteaux

Daughter Houses

Bellefontaine, Timadeuc, Tre Fontane, Echourgnac (since1952).

Past Superiors

Joseph Marie HERCELIN — Abbot — 28/11/1833 – 13/07/1855
Timothée GRUYER — Abbot + Vicar General — 05/09/1855 – 17/11/1880
Etienne SAnLASC — Abbot + Vicar General — 06/08/1881 – 14/09/1891 (v.22)
Etienne SAnLASC — Vicar General til the General Chatper of 1884
Bernard CHEVALIER — Abbot — 04/06/1912 – 09/11/1924 (v.17)
Jean Marie CLERC — Abbot — 02/12/1924 – 21/11/1939
Raymond PRANEUF — Sup.ad nutum — 02/03/1940 – 07/03/1944
Gabriel SORTAIS — Administrator — 1944 – 1945
Etienne CHENEVIèRE — Abbot — 07/11/1945 – 16/09/1949
Eugène DELAMARE — Abbot — 05/10/1949 – 27/06/1965
Gérard GUÉROUT — Abbot — 17/07/1965 – 15/07/1975 (v.24)
Irénée FRITSCH — Sup.ad nutum — 15/07/1975 – 17/11/1975
Gérard DUBOIS — Sup.ad nutum — 02/02/1976 – 02/02/1977
Gérard DUBOIS — Abbot — 02/02/1977 – 27/10/2003

Work and Sources of Income

Farm; dairy products (yogurt, cottage cheese, cream, dairy desserts); fruit gums; shop selling monastic products and religious goods.

Guest Facilities

Maximum 40 persons

Transportation

Gare destinataire (voyageurs) : L’Aigle, 18 km.

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