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Community

Daily Life

Daily Medidation & Prayer at Bonnevaux WCCM, Poitiers, France

Abbaye

The central house is home to a residential community living in the spirit of St. Benedict. Some long-term residents also live alongside the core community. Daily life is built on the spirit of silence within a rhythm of prayer, work and study, hospitality and care for others.
During the set times of prayer and meditation all other activities rest and move into silence. All are invited to share in the daily work of running the centre.

Meditation Times: 06h30, 07h20, 12h15, 18h00.
Saturdays: 06h30, 07h20, 12h15, 17h00.
Sundays, Wednesdays and Feast Days: 07h00, 07h45, 12h15, 18h00.
Location: Barn

 

Tradition

John Main OSB

John Main OSB (1926-1982) was a major spiritual figure of the twentieth century, known for his revival of meditation in the Christian tradition as part of the contemplative dimension of faith for all people. His simple and profound teaching recognise that meditation creates community. The Community at Bonnevaux and the wider World Community are witness to this insight.

Core Resident Community

Laurence Freeman OSB

Director of WCCM and of Bonnevaux

 

Giovanni Felicioni

Associate Director of Bonnevaux

 

David Simpson, Bonnevaux WCCM

David Simpson

Estate Manager

 

Henriette Hollaar Bonnevaux WCCM

Henriette Hollaar

Liturgy and House Affairs

 

John Manson

Building Maintenance

 

Geert Van Malderen

Abbey Manager

 

 

 

 

Association de l’Abbaye de Bonnevaux

Jose Pype

ABP President

 

Sean Hagan

Secretary

 

Bertrand Bouhour

Treasurer

 

 

Arnaud Callec

Environment Committee

 

Jacqueline Marquis

Volunteer Group

 

Pascale Callec Bonnevaux WCCM

Pascale Callec

Board Member and WCCM National Coordinator for France

 

 
 
 
 

The Abbaye


This 12th century former Benedictine Monastery serves as the main house for the Bonnevaux community.

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The Community Online


Find online courses in The School of Meditation, online meditation groups, and regular readings to support your daily meditation. 

Visit the WCCM website