Scourmont

Location

Official Name Abbaye N.-D. de Scourmont

20

Country Belgium

City Forges

Address Route du Rond-Point 294

Postcode B-6464

Contact Information

Telephone [32] (60) 21 05 11

Fax [32] (60) 21 36 96

Community Email abbaye@chimay.be

Website www.scourmont.be

Business Website www.chimay.be

Superior Dom Damien Debaisieux, Abbé 2017

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Tornacensis (Tournai)

OCSO Region CNE

Founded/Restored 1850

Origins

Foundation of Sint Sixtus

History

1850, 25 July: Foundation.

1860, 7 October: Fire.

1864, 8 September: Solemn benediction of the rebuilt church.

1871, 14 September: Raised to the rank of abbey under the title O.L. of Scourmont.

1897: Change of name to O.L. of St. Joseph.

1923: Reversion to original name.

1894: Sint Sixtus recovers its right to paternity of Scourmont.

1899, 24 October: Dedication of the church.  Scourmont assumes paternity of the nuns of Saint Paul aux Bois, exiled at Fourbechies (who will later establish themselves at Chimay).

1940: Forced evacuation from 28 May to 2 July.

1942: Forced evacuation 12 April  1942 to 1 September 1944.

1950, 25 July: Centenary of foundation.

Foundations

Caldey (1929), Mokoto (1954)

Father Immediate

Sint Sixtus

Daughter Houses

Caldey, Mokoto, La Paix, Soleilmont (since 1972), Clarté Dieu (since 1963), Kunnambetta (Makkiyad) (1995), ? Kibungo (2002).

Lay Associates

Laïcs Cisterciens de Scourmont

Past Superiors

François DECROIX — Superior — 25/07/1850 – ?/03/1859
Hyacinthe BOUTECA — Titular Prior — ?/03/1859 – 06/10/1871
Hyacinthe BOUTECA — Abbot — 06/10/1871 – 18/04/1890
Godefroid BOUILLON — Apostolic Admin. — 24/08/1890 – 15/07/1893
Godefroid BOUILLON — Abbot (appointed) — 15/07/1893 – 18/12/1901
Norbert SAUVAGE — Abbot — 20/02/1902 – 16/09/1913
Anselme LE BAIL — Abbot — 04/10/1913 – 24/05/1949
Guerric BAUDET — Apostolic Administrator — 24/05/1949 – 09/11/1956
Guerric BAUDET — Abbot — 09/11/1956 – 14/09/1988
Thomas VILAIN — Abbot — 18/10/1988 – 26/01/1992
Gérard VAN GHELUWE — Sup. ad nutum — 15/02/1992 – 25/07/1992
Gérard VAN GHELUWE — Abbot — 25/07/1992 – 26/03/1996
Ambrose SOUTHEY — Sup. ad nutum — 09/11/1996 – 08/09/1998
Armand VEILLEUX — Abbot — 1999 – 2017

Work and Sources of Income

Brewery; cheese factory; dairy farm.

Guest Facilities

50 persons

Transportation

Gare belge : Couvin, 20 km. Gare française : Hirson, 20 km.

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