Who we are?

A COMMUNITY LIVING THE IDEAL OF ST. DOMINIC

Our spirituality to Jesus through Mary

Aided by the Blessed Virgin Mary, we gaze in contemplation upon her son Jesus, who is “the way, the truth, and the life,” who leads us to the mystery of the most Holy Trinity.

Our charism: to preach the contemplated Truth

“What will become of sinners?” The cry of our holy Father Dominic lives on in the hearts of each brother, and awakens a desire to bring to all nations the joy of the Gospel.

Our life: to follow Christ

We profess the religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and, as “mendicant friars,” live exclusively on alms.

 
 
 

The spirit of the Foundation

"In a disoriented world where poverty is found, above all, in minds without a point of reference and hearts devoid of hope, we have encountered St. Dominic face-to-face, whose only concern was to save men by leading them to Christ through the mercy of truth. We want to follow in his footsteps, moved by his vision that every word of salvation must spring from penance, from intercessory prayer, and from contemplative study. We too can bear witness that the discipline of a regular life, Gregorian chant and the traditional liturgy, which place the soul amidst the joy of truth and the harmony of beauty, are still relevant “for contemplating and communicating to others the contemplated truth” (St. Thomas Aquinas). Here at Chémeré-le-Roi, we have also chosen the patronage of St. Vincent Ferrer, an apostle during difficult times, and of St. Thomas Aquinas, whose wisdom the Church recommends to us, because it is open to all truth, whatever its source. Through the work of the lay brothers and the study of the priests, we strive “with ardor and with all our strength to render ourselves useful to the soul of our neighbor.” (Constitutions)."
 
Rev. Fr. Louis-Marie de Blignières, Founder of the Fraternity

Rev. Fr. Louis-Marie de Blignières,
Founder of the Fraternity

 
 
 

To pray and to preach, two dimensions of our life


Our contemplative life: liturgical life, prayer, study.

Daily Mass; the Divine Office; silence; the chapter of faults once a week; fasts of Advent and Lent and Fridays throughout the year; two half hours of mental prayer. On Sundays and holy days, the mass is solemnized by the beauty of Gregorian chant. Each day, students spend four to five hours in study. The priests prepare for their apostolates, and the lay brothers participate in conventual life through their work in service of the community. The rest of the day is punctuated by times of fraternal life: the two daily recreations, sporting activities, and walks, which all contribute to a balanced and harmonious life.

 

Fr Augustin-Mary celebrating the mass at the fortress Krak of the Chevaliers in Syria, for the first time in 745 years

Our apostolate: To preach for the salvation of souls

First and foremost, our Fraternity is a community of apostles who use all means possible to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to souls, whether it be in the countryside of France or across the world, wherever our apostolic work may lead us. The apostolates of the Fraternity are numerous and take the friars across France and beyond: sermons for Advent and Lent, retreats on the Rosary, summer programs, academic articles, the theological periodical Sedes Sapientiæ, marriage preparation, counseling for couples, spiritual direction, and parish ministry. The Fraternity proposes various activities to young people: catechism courses, “theology on tap”, pilgrimages, summer camps, scouting, and more.