"The contemplative life brings to the world that which Our Lord called the 'only necessity'."
After 27 years of cloistered Dominican life in Anjou, France, we do not have any more cells in Saint Joseph's Monastery to welcome the new vocations which arrive.
Due to the need to expand, Divine Providence led us to a property of 30 hectares (60 acres) in Périgord, classed as a protected site.
The buildings, of a sober and simple beauty, have a monastic soul and a note of poverty proper to our mendicant Order.
Notwithstanding the good state of the exterior, heavy work of interior renovation is necessary in order to permit the founding sisters to install themselves in this little hamlet of precious regional stones.
In this captivating setting full of serenity and silence and open to large, green and wooded horizons, all is favorable to the contemplative life of recollection and prayer. Everything fosters divine praise, in perfect harmony with our vocation of nuns in the heart of the Church, for God alone and the souls to save.
"The contemplative soul, though she is far from the world, does not live for herself. The desert does not limit charity, it spreads it to the infinite, one never watches with as much solicitude on men as when one has become watchful of God"
"The contemplative life is only a witness given to the transcendence of God. God is everything, and, because He is everything, He merits that we give Him everything."
"Following Our Lady's example, all that a contemplative soul loves, all that she seeks, all that she thinks, all that she sees, is God alone."
"The most contemplative prayer that which is the most absorbed in God is an essential function of the Church. The absence of this activity, which nothing replaces, would signify the asphyxiation of the Mystical Body."
Only your generosity will permit Saint Joseph to acquire and to found the new Monastery - from pence to larger donations, all will be greatly appreciated.
Methods of making donations:
For those with Sterling Bank Accounts the most economical method of donating is to send a cheque to the following address:
Fr. R. Brucciani
St. George's House
125 Arthur Road
London SW19 7DR
The cheque should be made payable to the SSPX and should be accompanied by a note saying that the donation is specifically for the Périgord Appeal of the Mother Prioress at
Monastère Saint-Joseph 10, avenue Jeanne de Laval F - 49240 Avrillé in France.
International wire transfers:
To the order of:
The nuns thank most especially those of you who consider making them beneficiaries of a will or of a life insurance to the order of A.M.D.A. (Amis des Moniales Dominicaines d'Avrillé).
This remains the surest way to assure their daily needs and the permanence of their life consecrated exclusively to prayer.
The Dominican nuns, who have consecrated their lives to God in silence and solitude, thank you for anything that you can do for them.
They pray and offer themselves for you, in the permanent rhythm of their antique Dominican liturgy.