Testimonials

Pascale Callec Bonnevaux WCCM
Pascale Callec, Extended Community at Bonnevaux WCCM

“How can we live, choose or make decisions​ without sitting, listening, doing silence, meditating? Who can naturally and spontaneously adopt these ways of being, this way of doing? Places like Bonnevaux, communities like The World Community for Christian Meditation, initiate, accompany and support us in this work. I rejoice in the birth of this new centre of contemplation at Bonnevaux in the heart of my diocese of Poitiers.”

Taynã Malaspina Oblate Coordinator, Brazil
Taynã Malaspina Oblate Coordinator, Brazil

“Being in Bonnevaux, in this physical space, for a few days with people from around the world was so beautiful. We meditated together, studied the Rule of St Benedict, we had a “Desert Day” with a deep communion through silence. The Spirit of St Benedict lives in this place and I am deeply grateful with this experience.”

Taynã Malaspina (Oblate Coordinator, Brazil)

We know that John Main and Laurence Freeman speak about the Community of Love and that we live in a Monastery Without Walls. However, been in Bonnevaux, in this physical space, for a few days with people from around the world was so beautiful. We meditated together, had studied on the Rule of St Benedict, […]

Pascal Wintzer (Archbishop of Poitiers)

How can we live, choose or make decisions​ without sitting, listening, doing silence, meditating? Who can naturally and spontaneously adopt these ways of being, this way of doing? Places like Bonnevaux, communities like The World Community for Christian Meditation, initiate, accompany and support us in this work. I rejoice in the birth of this new […]

Sr Ruth Montrichard (WCCM Caribbean)

The Caribbean Meditation Community has given its whole hearted support for the our new “home” in Bonnevaux. We feel that besides being a home for all meditators the centre will be a beacon of peace and hope for a troubled world and a place where divisions will be healed as everyone will be welcomed. Meditators […]

Magda Jass (Montreal WCCM Community)

I met John Main and Laurence when they came to Montreal in 1977 and have been part of the community and an oblate since. I see Bonnevaux as a direct continuation of the founding vision of John Main and of the creative renewal of the Church through meditation. It is rooted in the tradition, and […]

CHI YU CHUNG (Hong Kong WCCM Community)

As a ‘young meditator’ I have a very hopeful sense of the future of WCCM and that it can bring the gift of peace to people of my generation in all walks of life. In this constantly distracted world, peace has become a rare treasure. Meditation has indeed empowered us and leads us into the […]

CHARLES TAYLOR (Philosopher)

For usually solitary meditators, like myself, it is a great boon to be able from time to time to meditate in community, and all the more so in a retreat house set in beautiful surroundings, like Bonnevaux. I am very pleased that the WCCM is taking this initiative.

MARK CARNEY (Governor, The Bank of England)

I am delighted to hear about Bonnevaux and that it promises to be such a beautiful and timely home for the community and a centre of peace in our world. I hope it receives all the support you need to realize the vision. I will look forward to coming there one day.

JEAN VANIER (Founder of the L’Arche Community)

Dear Laurence, it was so good to have you here at the retreat which we preached together. I do think that we need each other. You can help people in our communities to meditate and we can help your communities to grow up to the poor and the needy. I pray that your project in […]

JOSIE VON ZITZEWITZ (Oblate, London)

The spirit of the WCCM is that of a “monastery without walls”. We are an international community held together by the practice of meditation, but fellowship thrives even more when people can spend time together in the same place. Bonnevaux will be a still point at the centre of our vibrant community, a home for […]

Łukasz Tomborek (Poland)

For us, young students and people in Poland the vision of living Christ must be renewed. So many of us feel the lack of his presence and are seeking substitute pleasures. They feel ‘Who wants to be in church that is just a piece of stone without any life-giving presence?’ Thank you for the gift […]

RICHARD ROHR OFM (Founder of Center for Action and Contemplation)

Thank you for sharing with me the vision of your new international center. By reason of the Incarnation, Christians invariably become attuned to the importance of place and the effectiveness of the right symbol.  This is the way the inner message become outer and the hidden message becomes both visible and attractive. I feel this […]

PAUL HARRIS (Patron of the WCCM)

John Main once said that: ” Meditation creates community”. By this he indicated not only the personal union with others in the depths of our own being, but as well the uniting of contemplative spiritual practice to small communities in the world at large. We see this in the ancient Israelites who formed 12 small […]

REV’D SARAH BACHELARD (Anglican Priest and theologian from WCCM Australia)

John Main described the practice of contemplation as a pilgrimage to the heart of our own lives and to the heart of God. This image of pilgrimage evokes one critical dimension of the spiritual journey – the necessity to be dispossessed, traveling light and open to an unknown future. At first glance, this may seem […]

DIEGO M ROSA (Abbot General of the Olivetan Benedictine Congregation)

As you know your monastic brethren and I have always supported your contemplative mission in the World Community for Christian Meditation. I can see the influence of the Spirit in the way it has grown and as you bring the contemplative dimension not only to the Church but to people of all ages and in […]

MARY MCALEESE (President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011)

It is past time for the World Community to have a permanent home, a centre of deep peace and an invitation to reconciliation in our troubled and troubling age but also our age of educated young problem solvers and consciences formed by equality, democracy, compassion and courage. They can be righteously impatient with denominations and […]

RICHARD ROHR OFM (Founder of Center for Action and Contemplation)

Thank you for sharing with me the vision of your new international center. By reason of the Incarnation, Christians invariably become attuned to the importance of place and the effectiveness of the right symbol. This is the way the inner message become outer and the hidden message becomes both visible and attractive. I feel this […]