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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.
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These new groups seem to have a providential role in rebuilding the Church. Below are some examples of this.

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 communities world-wide.

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.

To see 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 here ...

To see the Advent 2012 English Friends of the Foyers newsletter, please 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, Marthe 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.

For more information, including extracts and how to order, please click here ...

The credit card price, including shipping, is only $17.95

For a review by Jeffrey Mirus of please click here ...

it is also on the Catholic Culture site at:

For a review by Francis Phillips in the Catholic Herald please click here ...

Theotokos Books has also published Christian Living: The Spirituality of the Foyers of Charity, by Donal Anthony Foley (ISBN 0955074614).

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 life.

For 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 Church.

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

Religious community 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.

Traditional Benedictine Sisters (in union with Rome), in Starrucca, PA. USA.

The Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St Francis

Catholic Association 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 spirituality.

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.

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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 contribute.

Arkley 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 intercession.

Which European country...

  • is exquisitely beautiful...
  • has English as a second language…
  • 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:

The new web site of the Poor Clare monastery at Neath South Wales can be seen at:

The Carmelite Monastery at St Helens also has a new web presence at:

Petersnet documents:

Death or Rebirth in the New Decade, by Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R. - April 2000.

Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R. looks at the problems facing many religious communities and points to solutions in this article.

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