The Holy Family of Bordeaux is an international spiritual family of the Catholic Church, founded in 1820
by Pierre-Bienvenu Noailles,
a priest of the diocese
of Bordeaux :
a man with a passion for God and for his brothers
Fr. Noailles was the dynamic founder of a large spiritual and apostolic Family which brings together all those who desire to bear witness, in and through the diversity of their vocations, that communion is possible, and that it is the vocation of the Church and the world to be and to build the family of the children of God.
“One spirit… one mission… to reveal the family face of the Church”.
The aim of the Holy Family of Bordeaux, inspired by the life and the spirit of the Holy Family of Nazareth, is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, thus renewing the witness of the early Christian communities.
As Holy Family Contemplative Sisters, we participate in the common mission of the Spiritual Family of Pierre Bienvenu Noailles, imitating the life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the house of Nazareth : a life hidden in God Alone in silence and solitude ; a life of love in obedience and gratuitousness. In ordinary everyday life, we are called to be another Nazareth.
Personal prayer, the Liturgy of the Hours, lectio divina, Eucharistic adoration, are but the visible manifestation of the whole inner reality of contemplative prayer whose summit is the Eucharistic celebration.
“The Word of God is a seed : to produce fruit it has to be meditated in silence”
Of different nationalities, we weave together day by day the threads of our differences, to give Communion human face in the simplicity of daily tasks, in prayer and in work, in community life and in silence and solitude.
There are Holy Family monasteries in Sri Lanka, Argentina, Spain, and in France at La Solitude, Martillac.
Located in the heart of the vineyards, La Solitude is a place of calm and restful natural beauty, conducive to reflection, prayer and renewal.
Two communities of the Holy Family of Bordeaux – apostolic and contemplative – welcome groups for retreats, sessions and periods of renewal ; they offer spiritual direction and the opportunity to participate in their liturgy.
This hospitality is both a call and a grace for our contemplative life.