This section of
Theotokos Books is devoted to one of the most
promising developments in recent times, that is the
flourishing of new movements and communities within
the Catholic Church.
groups seem to have a providential role in
rebuilding the Church. Below are some examples of
The Foyers of
Charity - Catholic Lay Communities
The Foyers are
communities of lay Christians headed by a Priest who
acts as "Father" of the Foyer. They were founded by
Marthe Robin and Fr. Georges Finet in 1936. Their
main Apostolate is the giving of week-long retreats
in silence, and at present there are about 70
A new Association of
the Friends of the Foyers has been recently set up in
England to promote the foundation of a Foyer in this
country. Details about this will be forthcoming at:
This is the
new official prayer for the foundation of a Foyer de
Charité in England.
Father, your Son
promised Marthe Robin that the Foyers de Charité
would be the house of your heart open to all and a
life-giving oasis for discouraged souls. Look down
in mercy upon England, the Dowry of Mary, and
through her maternal intercession and that of
Marthe, grant us for the glory of your name the
grace of a Foyer in this land. Call those you want
for this vocation, and fulfil your Son's desire that
it be a family resplendent with light, charity and
love in our midst. We ask this through the same
Christ Our Lord. Amen.
video extracts from a DVD of a Foyer Retreat at
Tressaint Foyer of Charity in Brittany, France,
please click this link:
To see an
article about the Foyer retreat in English at
Tressaint, and Marthe Robin, click
To see the
Advent 2012 English Friends of the
click here ..
To see the Spring
2012 English Friends of the Foyers newsletter, please click here
To see the Summer
2011 English Friends of the Foyers newsletter, please click here ..
To see the Advent
2010 English Friends of the Foyers newsletter, please click here ..
To see the Spring
2010 English Friends of the Foyers newsletter, please click here ...
Theotokos Books has published a book entitled,
Robin and the Foyers of Charity, by Martin Blake (ISBN 9780955074622).
This book looks at the
life of Marthe Robin, the French mystic, who, with
Fr Georges Finet, co-founded the Foyer of Charity
community at Châteauneuf-de-Galaure in southeastern
France in 1936. There are now 75 Foyer communities
throughout the world, and their work involves a
priest, the Father of the Foyer, giving 5 day
retreats in silence, during which the members of the
community look after the needs of the retreatants
and pray for them.
more information, including extracts and how to
order, please click here ...
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review by Jeffrey Mirus of catholicculture.org please
click here ...
Theotokos Books has also published Christian
Living: The Spirituality of the Foyers of Charity, by Donal Anthony Foley (ISBN
It contains essential
information about Marthe Robin and the Foyers of
Charity, as well as chapters based on retreats
given by Fr Michel Tierny, the Father of the Foyer
of Charity at Courset, in France. These cover
topics such as discipleship, prayer, silence, the
sacraments, and more. With a foreword by the
renowned Newman scholar, Fr Ian Ker, this is an
excellent new guide to living a better Christian
more information, including extracts, how to
order etc., click here ...
YOUTH 2000 - a
Catholic youth movement
YOUTH 2000 encourages
young people to respond to the Holy Father's call to a
new evangelisation by sharing faith, and by promoting
a true devotion to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, while
actively witnessing to the love of God in the world.
It also promotes Marian devotion, and especially the
Rosary. Similarly it promotes the reading of Scripture
and encourages fidelity to the teachings of the
Opus Dei Prelature
Opus Dei is a personal
Prelature of the Catholic Church founded by Blessed
Josemaria Escriva in 1928. It's Apostolate involves
helping lay Catholics to sanctify their daily lives.
The Community of St John
The Community of St John
is a rapidly growing new religious order founded in
the seventies by Fr. Marie-Dominique Philippe.
Society of Our Lady of
the Most Holy Trinity
founded in 1958 by Fr. James Flanagan, to ensure that
people will experience
the peace of living their lives in union with the
Trinity through the discipleship of Jesus and Mary.
Sisters (in union with Rome), in Starrucca, PA. USA.
The Brothers and Sisters
of Penance of St Francis
committed to promoting and living the Rule of Life
given by Saint Francis to lay people in 1221. Open to
lay, priests, and members of other Communities. Living
a penitential lifestyle based on Franciscan
The Host Apostolate is an
Association of Lay Faithful led by Married Couples
who, working from their own home bases, wish to lead
and encourage others to a life of prayer, especially
Adoration of Jesus Present in the Host, Evangelisation
and Formation in the pursuit of a life of Holiness,
faithful to the Gospel and teaching of the Church.
Monastery of Poor
Clares, Much Birch, Hereford
We are a group of women
who live the Gospel life in the Church, a way of life
begun by St. Clare in the thirteenth Century. Life
then was a far cry from to-day, but generous souls can
find a fulfilled and happy life in Community, which is
a vital element for Saint Clare. There is a balance
between the life lived as Contemplatives in an
enclosed Order and the necessary work, to which all
Poor Clare Monastery, Barnet, Herts
Bringing all your needs,
fears and hopes before God. The Poor Clares bring the
light of Christ into the world by their Franciscan
life of poverty, simplicity and joy according to the
Gospel, living in a cloistered contemplative community
with full choral Divine Office, private prayer and
Which European country...
- is exquisitely
- has English as a
- has only 45,000 Catholics…
- needs contemplative
missionaries in a rapidly growing Church…
- needs missionary
contemplatives at the heart of that Church?
Jesus said: Come and see!
The Poor Clares have
founded a new community in Norway.
Could this be an
invitation for you?
For more details please see: http://klarissene.katolsk.no/
The new web site of the
Poor Clare monastery at Neath South Wales can be seen
The Carmelite Monastery
at St Helens also has a new web presence at:
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