"Today the concept of truth is viewed with suspicion, because truth is identified with violence. Over history there have, unfortunately, been episodes when people sought to defend the truth with violence. But they are two contrasting realities. Truth cannot be imposed with means other than itself! Truth can only come with its own light. Yet, we need truth. ... Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow. The great gift of Christ was that He enabled us to see the face of God".Pope Benedict xvi, February 24th, 2012

The Church is ecumenical, catholic, God-human, ageless, and it is therefore a blasphemy—an unpardonable blasphemy against Christ and against the Holy Ghost—to turn the Church into a national institution, to narrow her down to petty, transient, time-bound aspirations and ways of doing things. Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: to unite all men in Christ, all without exception to nation or race or social strata. - St Justin Popovitch

Sunday 10 August 2008

Fraternite Monastique de Jerusalem

Fr Pierre Marie Delfieux was student chaplain of the Sorbonne University in Paris who spent his sabbatical, after ten years of work as chaplain, as a hermit in the Sahara, following the example of Charles de Foucauld. He returned to Paris, fired with the idea of living a monastic life within the city. Supported by Cardinal Marty, Archbishop of Paris, he spent a year living alone; but Cardinal Marty wanted a monastic community in Paris that would luve the rythm of the city, but be a haven of silence and prayer within it. In 1975, the first community of"monks of the city" were formed at St Gervaise; and, a year later, a community of sisters. Then a community of lay people who live in the world but share the liturgical and spiritual life of the minks and nuns, came into being.

There is the liturgical office in the morning, mid-day and eveneing; and great emphasis is given to beauty in the liturgy. There is also adoration of the Blessed Sacrament all day, and an all-night vigil, centred on the Blessed Sacrament, every Thursday.

These videos are in French, but, with this introduction in English, I hope you will appreciate their life. There are now about 200 monks and nuns in twenty fraternities like St Gervaise, Vezelay, Mont St Michel and Rome. Enjoy.


pilgrim said...

Delighted to find this entry on your blog. Thank you!
I have been visiting this community in its various houses throughout europe since 1980 and long for them to open in the UK. IN the meantime I would be very keen to hear from anyone interested in establishing a non residential community of lay and ordained, married and single people living according to their rule. If interested please get in touch.
Fr Michael

Michael said...

I have been visiting the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem for ov er 30 years. Since their beginnings in Paris in 1975 they have opened other community houses in France (Vezelay, Mont St Michel, Strasbourg, Magdala), Italy (Florence, Rome), Belgium (Brussels), Germany (Cologne, Canada (Montreal) and Poland (Warsaw). A foundation in Africa (Togo) is also planned. Sadly as yet there is no foundation in an English speaking country. I would be very interested to hear from anyone interested in the possibility of establishing a community based on their way of life in the UK. Michael, Edinburgh michael@michaelpaterson.org.uk

Dan O'Neill said...

My wife and I have visited the FMJ sites in Paris, Rome (top of the Spanish Steps), Montreal, and Mont St Michel. I stayed a few days at the latter while my wife stayed at Lisieux. They are a wonderful community. Their chant is very beautiful, non-Gregorian, but very liturgical.
We have made a few contributions and encourage others to do so. We get the quarterly newsletter (in French, which helps me stay in practice reading French - I am terrible at speaking it).
Check out their website. Join your prayer to theirs, a great source of grace in the modern world.

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