Monastery St Clare in Ronchamp

Monastery St Clare in Ronchamp


The History of our Monastery

Our roots have been in the Comte region of France for eight centuries. From 1250 to 2009, the Poor Clares lived in Besancon. In 2008 the community left the town to come to the hill at Ronchamp where the Chapel of Notre-Dame du Haut, rebuilt by Le Corbusier in 1955, is situated. On the 8th of September 2011, during a diocesan pilgrimage, the new Monastery St Clare in Ronchamp, built by Renzo Piano, was blessed and inaugurated.

The Monastery Today

The community of 11 sisters has an international dimension after the arrival of 4 sisters from other monasteries. The community ensures a permanent praying presence and a spiritual welcome on the hill. It is possible to stay at the monastery for periods of re-centring /healing, reflexion and prayer.
For work we also create and make liturgical vestments.

Special features of our monastery

Our rootedness in a sacred hill, place of Marian pilgrimage, of cosmic beauty and architecture, which enlarge our horizons.
– To pilgrims, we offer silence and participation in our liturgical prayer.
– In a dynamic of ecumenical hospitality and a welcome offered to all, we take part in the annual interreligious meeting on the hill.
– We are imbibed in the Franciscan spirituality of Creation (a week-end offered each year) and in the practice of integral ecology (that of Laudato ‘si).
– With the frequent visits of architects and musicians, we are awake to the spiritual dimension of art.

Week-end de spiritualité franciscaine de la création à Ronchamp, du 26 au 28 Mai 2023 – Voir les News.


Monastery St Clare in Ronchamp

  • Federation : Our Lady of the Angels
  • Diocese : Besançon
  • Ecclesiastical Province : Besançon

Contact our monastery

Monastère Sainte-Claire
Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut
13 route de la Chapelle