Laval

Location

Official Name Monastère N.-D. de la Coudre

02

Country France

City Laval

Address Rue St. Benoît, BP 10537

Postcode F-53005

Contact Information

Telephone [33] (2) 43 02 85 85

Fax [33] (2) 43 66 90 18

Website www.abbaye-coudre.com

Superior Mère Myriam Fontaine, Abbesse 1995

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Valleguidonensis (Laval)

OCSO Region CNE

Founded/Restored 1818

Origins

Founded by La Valsainte/ Darfeld at Laval in 1818 (the sisters had arrived there in 1816); transferred to La Coudre in 1859

History

The monastery of the Immaculate Conception in Laval comes from La Val-Sainte. After their journey following Dom Augustine de Lestrange, our mothers sojourned at Darfeld in Westphal until 1812. They were then transfered to the castle of Borsut near Liège where they stayed for four years. April 16, 1816 they set out for Laval where they arrived on 6 June 1816. The ancient monastery of St Catherine, once occupied by the canons of St Genevieve, was not ready to receive them, so they retired to a private property to wait until they could take possession of their monastery on 18 November 1816. They had at their head R. M. Elisabeth Piette who was named superior by Dom Eugène de Laprade, the abbot of Darfeld in 1812. She was elected prioress of St Catherine on 4 February 1819. When on 14 April 1826 the monastery was erected as an abbey by pope Leo XII, R.M. Elisabeth was elected abbess for life on April 27, 1827. She received the abbatial blessing on 24 August 1827, with all the ceremonies prescribed in  the Roman Pontifical, with the right to use the abbatial cross.
Beginning on 17 December 1818, the Holy See allowed the religious of St Catherine to make solemn profession of vows. When were they suppressed? We don’t know; surely at the same time as our fathers in 1837? Our mothers still kept following the same usages of strict enclosure and the recitation of the Divine Office, even outside of choir. They were partly able to return to solemn vows when on 6 February 1924 the Holy See allowed it to the nuns who wanted it. On 15 August 1928, seventy-one religious pronounced the formula of their solemn vows in the presence of Dom Berchmans Daveau, abbot of Port-du-Salut.
When railway tracks cut through the property of St Catherine, the community had to transfer to the other side of the town, to a place called La Coudre. This transfer happened April 26, 1859. The new monastery was placed under the title of the Immaculate Conception.
The church was consecrated on 17 April 1901 by Mgr Geay, bishop of Laval.

Between 1902 and 1937 M. Lutgarde sent 8 sisters to reinforce Tenshien (Japan). Additional sisters were sent to Japan later: in 1937 (2 sisters), 1951 (1) and 1956 (1).

Foundations

Mondaye/Clairefontaine (1837); Ubexy (1841); Mâcon [which became the present Chambarand] (1875); Belval (1893); Blitterswijck, Holland (Refuge 1903-1919); Ste Anne-d’Auray (transfered eventually to Campénéac) (1921); Igny (1929); Grandselve (1968), Meymac (2004).

Father Immediate

Port-du-Salut / Délégué du Père Immédiat : Melleray

Lay Associates

Fraternité Port du Salut – La Coudre

Past Superiors

Elisabeth PIETTE  —  Superior  —  16/04/1816 –  04/02/1819

Elisabeth PIETTE  —  Titular Prioresse  —  04/02/1819 – 27/04/1827

Elisabeth PIETTE —  Abbess  —  27/04/1827 – 15/09/1852

Marie-Joseph GUILLOT  —  Abbess -28/09/1852 – 25/01/1856

Agathe GUYOT  —    Abbess – 25/01/1856 – 04/05/1868

Clémence BRUNETOT  — Abbess  -12/06/1868 – 07/03/1884

Emmanuel JOLY  —           Abbesse  – 26/04/1884 – 31/07/1890

Antoinette LEFFRY  —        Abbesse  – 14/08/1890 – 14/08/1900

Lutgarde HÉMERY  —        Abbesse  – 18/08/1900 – 23/10/1944

Sébastien GAUDIN  –Sup.ad nutum  –  23/10/1944 – 13/08/1945

Bernardine NOURRY  —    Abbesse  – 13/08/1945 – 13/08/1954

Marie Claire LELU  —         Abbesse  – 13/08/1954 – 29/07/1965

Véronique DELABARRE  – Abbesse  –  28/08/1965 – 19/10/1988

Benoît BOUCHER – Adm. Apostolique -09/11/1988 – 31/08/1989

Natalie LEBRUN  —           Abbesse  –  31/08/1989 – 30/08/1995

Work and Sources of Income

Production of sweets; cheese industry; store and leather shop.

Guest Facilities

30 persons

Transportation

Gare destinataire: Laval

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