A Community of Cistercian Nuns Is Bringing Medieval Monastic Dynamism Back to France

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The monastic grange project at the Abbaye Sainte-Marie of Boulaur has aroused a wave of enthusiasm in the country and is already inspiring other monasteries in Europe.
Solène Tadié
“A start-up of the 12th century in a 21st-century style.” It is with this catchphrase that the Cistercian nuns of the Abbaye of Boulaur (in Occitanie, southwestern France) describe the ambitious renovation project they have designed for their historic place of residence.
This simple phrase refers to a whole universe from the past, to a time when Christianity came to the peak of its glory in Europe — a begone era to which many think with nostalgia, as the Old Continent is sinking into an unprecedented crisis of vocations and a wave of monastery closures.
In this sensitive context for the Catholic Church, the recent announcement of a 4-million euro ($4.5 million) rebuilding plan for this ancient Fontevrist priory, located in a poor and small village of France, has sounded like a gift of Providence. The 12th-century monument, which has been housing a community of Cistercian nuns since 1949, was in very bad shape when its community of Cistercians decided to restore it.

This is kind of cool.
 

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The moral relativism that has seeped into the Church is what's killing it. Restoring a building won't fix the problem.
 

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