Renovation Project Begins For A Sacred Site of Dominican
A new effort to fund a renovation of the
monastery at Prouilhe, France is underway.The
renovation is supported by the 2004 Chapter of Krakow
and in concert with the 2006 celebration of 800 years
since the foundation of the Dominican Nuns.
What are the Dominicans
at Prouilhe saying?
What a relief it would be for us if our liturgical space
could be renovated and consolidated to become a sacred
space both simple and beautiful… an oasis for
people who are thirsting for God. For the moment it
is not adapted to the needs of the community, nor for
those who come to pray with us. It is cold and windy
in the winter. The roof needs to be replaced as it rains
inside as well as outside. It is dark at midday on the
brightest of summer days. The acoustics are bad and
it is not accessible to the sisters or persons who are
old and handicapped. Basically, it was never finished.
The community at Prouilhe envisions becoming not only
a place of pilgrimage but also an international center
for the Dominican life and spirituality. Sr. Claire’s
question is, who will be there for those who come? More
and more peopleare coming to Prouilhe. We are on the
route to St. Jacque of Compostella and also quite near
to Carcassonne, the second most visited sightseeing
attraction in France after Paris.
What do these people see, touch, and hear
of Dominic when they pass? Who welcomes them?
They are certainly learning a great deal about Cathars
(Albigensins) as they pass through this part of France.
The community is working on the plans with a Dominican
architect from Spain, Brother Coello de Portugal and,
if the funding is sufficient, the renovations could
begin in July.
We are aware that, with
you, we have been entrusted with a heritage of the Order
that needs to be preserved for further generations.
As you can imagine, this project requires human and
financial resources. This is an Investment in our future
and I feel is the responsibility of all us individually
which is far different than asking the community to
make a corporate contribution. If each one of us gives
his or her “widow’s mite” we can make
a huge difference for this project.
Make check to:
Monastere Ste Marie de Prouilhe
The keystone, all that remains
of the pre-French revolution church at Prouilhe
Interior of the Prouilhe
Restoration Logo is availalbe in
French, Spanish and English. Please feel free to use
it to promote the fund raising for the Restoration Project.