Neiges

Location

Official Name Abbaye N.-D. des Neiges

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Country France

City St-Laurent-les-Bains

Postcode F-07590

Contact Information

Telephone [33] (4) 66 46 59 00

Fax [33] (4) 66 46 59 10

Website www.notredamedesneiges.com

Superior Dom Hugues Chapelain de Seréville, Sup.ad nutum 2002, Abbé 2003

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Vivariensis (Viviers)

OCSO Region RéCiF

Founded/Restored 1852

Origins

Founded by Aiguebelle in 1850; raised to the rank of priory 1852 and to the rank of abbey 1874.

History

1850: On 28 August the first monks move into La Felgere (first monastery).

1860: Attempted transfer of the community of Neiges to Acey

1861, 16 July: Blessing of the chapel and regular places of the 2ndmonastery, built at some distance from La Felgere, which had become too small.

Creation of an alumnate by Dom Polycarpe Marthoud, 1st abbot.

1890: Fr. Charles de Foucauld, future hermit in the Sahara, spends the months of January to June in the noviciate.  He is known as Br. M. Alberic.

1892: The Grange of Bonrepos is raised to the rank of priory.  It was returned to the status of grange by the General Chapter of 1896.

1901: Ordination of Fr. de Foucauld.

1912: During the night of 27 – 28 January fire broke out in the monastery.  The monks moved into the guesthouse and the outbuildings during the construction of the present buildings, which became the 3rd monastery of O.L. of Neiges.

1921, 4 August: Consecration of the new church.

October 1929 – May 1930: Dom Augustin Martin re-established the former Cistercian abbey of Osera (Ursaria) in Spain.

1950, 12-13 August:  First centenary of O.L. of Neiges, presided by Dom Dominique Nogues, abbot general.

Foundations

Akbès, Syria (refuge, then priory, 1882-1926); Cordemois, Belgium (refuge, 1903-1922), Oseira (1929).

Father Immediate

Aiguebelle

Daughter Houses

Akbes (1882-1894), Oseira (1930-1960), Desert (since 1972), Dombes (1972 – 2002), Bonneval (since 1967), Cabanoule (since 1970).

Important Figures

Bl. Charles de Foucauld

Past Superiors

Geniez BOUNIOL — Superior — 28/08/1850 – 27/04/1851
Gabriel MONBET — Prior — 27/04/1851 – 22/08/1854 (v.7)
Bernard RAYMOND — Superior — ?/09/1854 – ?/03/1855 (v.22)
Cyprien GROS — Superior — March – April 1855
Emmanuel BERNEX — Prior — 10/05/1855 – 21/07/1858
Polycarpe MARTHOUD – Titular Prior & Abbot — 21/07/1858 – 21/05/1882 (resigned to be superior of Akbès)
Joseph GODDARD — Titular Prior — ?/07/1882 – 08/10/1887
Martin MARTIN — Abbot — 08/10/1887 – 11/12/1908
Martin JOUVE — Abbot — ?/01/1909 – ?/ ?/1912
Augustin MARTIN — Abbot — 02/10/1912 – 02/03/1932
Jean-Marie BALMES — Abbot — 21/04/1932 – 23/06/1949
Toussaint LOUCHE — Abbot — 23/07/1949 – 06/03/1959
Claudius VALOUR — Abbot — 04/04/1959 – 21/10/1982
Pierre-Marie FAYOLLE — Abbot — 05/11/1982 – 2002

Work and Sources of Income

Wine cellar; farm; forestry; sawmill; shops (food and souvenirs); bookshop.

Guest Facilities

Retreatants’ guesthouse with 42 rooms; dormitory for groups; family guesthouse with 12 rooms.

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