Founded in 1973, the Community of the Beatitudes is one of the "new communities" established in the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council. First under the authority of the Archbishop of Albi-France (now Toulouse), then recognized by the Holy See as an “Association of the Faithful”, it is now becoming an "Ecclesial family of Consecrated life” under the authority of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
It comprises 190 brothers (among whom 110 are priests), 310 consecrated sisters, and 350 Lay members, spread in 50 houses, in 30 countries, and on 6 continents, always at the request of the local bishops. Committed to the New Evangelization (John Paul II), its spirituality is Eucharistic and Marian, inspired by the Carmelite tradition and living out the spirit of the Beatitudes (Matt: 5).
Eager to anticipate the coming reality of Heaven, the Community of the Beatitudes gathers together the faithful of all states of life (families, single people, priests and consecrated brothers and sisters), who share in common a vocation of prayer and fraternal communion, combining a marked contemplative dimension (adoration of the Blessed Sacrament) with numerous apostolic and missionary activities.
At the request of bishops in more than 50 dioceses all over the world [please visit our Worldwilde website], the Community is at the service of the Catholic Church in numerous apostolic and missionary activities :
- Parishes (Denver; Lima, Peru; Hungary; Dolany, Czech Republic...)
- Marian sanctuaries (Ivory Coast; Lourdes; Medjugorje; Valcluse, France...)Retreat houses (Nouan, France; Libreville, Gabon; Mexico; Venthone, Switzerland...)
- Hospital and health care (Kabinda, Zaire; Nothgottes, Germany...)
- Taking care of the poor ( Bamako, Mali...)
- Contemplative houses (Emmaus, Israel...)
- Youth ministry (Venthone, Switzerland...)
- Spreading the Gospel through media and communications
- (Pont Saint-Esprit, France; Nouan, France...)
- Seminaries (Issia, Ivory Coast; Blagnac, France...)
- Christian art and iconography (Mortain, France...)
- Pilgrimages (Emmaus, Israel; Lisieux, France; Medjugorje, Lourdes...)
( more details on our origin and history here )
( more details on our apostolates around the World here )