Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac

Religious heritage

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Starting in 1912, Benedictine monks from France built a monastery overlooking Lake Memphremagog. The modern Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey, designed by Dom Bellot, pays tribute to the harmony of natural geometric forms and makes splendid use of multicoloured bricks. Services in Gregorian chant.

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  • Open year-round
  • Activities  The Saint-Benoit-du-Lac Abbey celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012! Benedectine monks have lived a contemplative religious life at the Saint-Benoit-du-Lac Abbey (on the west shore of Lake Memphremagog) since 1912, observing the rules of Saint Benoit de Nursie (480-547) and the constitution of the Monastic Congregation of Solesmes, France. Their lives are primarily focused on the search for God and on prayer, balanced with study, physical work and pastoral ministry to their visitors and guests. Part of the Abbey's buildings are the work of Dom Paul Bellot (1876-1944), the internationally celebrated French Benedictine architect. His style is characterized by the search for perfect harmony in accordance with the geometric laws of nature. Later buildings include a guesthouse, the basement and the steeple of the Abbey church, all designed by Dom Claude Côté (1909-1986). The Church, designed by Montreal architect Dan S. Hanganu, was consecrated on December 4, 1994. On the grounds, a guest house is available for men who wish to withdraw in retreat for a few days in an atmosphere of peace and meditation. Women are also welcomed in a neighbouring house run by nuns. Eucharist is celebrated daily at 11 a.m. in Gregorian chant as is Vespers starting at 5 p.m. except Thursday (at 7 p.m.) and Tuesdays in July and August. Certain parts of these public prayers are conducted in French.
  • Schedule  Monastery hours: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m., daily year-round. Store hours: June 1 to October 15 (summer), daily, 9–10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 16 to May 31 (winter): Monday to Saturday, 9–10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Sunday. Closed December 26, January 1 and 2, and Good Friday. The store sells Abbey products such as cheese and apple cider, books, musical and religious chant disc, and devotional objects. Groups should call ahead. At the Abbey and across its grounds, respectable clothing is required. Dogs are not allowed.Information and reservations: 819 843-4080. For women: 819 843-2340. www.st-benoit-du-lac.com

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  • Entirely accessible to persons with reduced mobility

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