Welcome to the Website of the Service des Moniales

The Service des Moniales in France (SDM) is an association serving autonomous women abbeys and monasteries,
whose members are consecrated solely to God, in the form of a contemplative life proper to them.

It addresses the total of abbeys and monasteries distributed throughout the 15 ecclesiastical provinces, approximately 3074 moniales and 202 monasteries.

Octobre 2019 - la vie monastique en fête

19 octobre :
à l’abbaye bénédictine de Jouques,
la Fondation des Monastères clôturera l’année jubilaire
célébrant ses 50 ans d’existence
50 ans, ça se fête !
invitation à Jouques

12 octobre : la vie monastique, ça se dit chaque jour !
Dans les monastères :
Journée “Viens et vois”.
 Si tu as entre 18 et 30 ans, la journée est pour toi.
Contacte le monastère le plus proche de chez toi
et son programme pour t’accueillir
(ils s’inscrivent peu à peu).


Le Service des Moniales


The Service des Moniales in France (SDM) has for objective the promotion of monastic women’s religious life in the Church today, allowing it to practice with joy and fidelity its proper charism. It is a means by which abbeys and monasteries demonstrate their existence which by its nature is silent and hidden.

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Monastic Life for Women

La vie monastique

Just like her brother monks, the moniale, “seeker of God”, in the face-to-face with him, remains in prayer, a watchman for the world, on the lookout for dawn, in imitation of Christ whom she wants to follow. Life in the Monastery is based upon 5 pillars : Personnel and Community Prayer, Silence and Solitude, Fraternel Life, Study, Meditation, Lectio Divina…

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Where to find a monastery ?


Are you looking for a monastery in France ?
Go ahead and browse the map of France,
discover monastic orders
and get acquainted
with these monasteries
in the four corners of France…

Map Map of mobil

Le Lien des moniales

Spirituality bulletin

Talks & interviews on prayer,
spiritual itineraries,
monastery life…

For your information :
SDM Secretary office
Mère Marie-Noëlle
Monastère Ste-Scholastique
64240 Urt



Summaries :

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Subscription : 30€
3 publications per year

Ancient articles of the “Lien des moniales”
to download








The 14 monastic Orders

A page from the Gospel is entrusted to each Order who is called to emphasize upon it, while the fundamentals remain the same.
Thus, just like the nuances of a palette, monastic life and the Gospel have a million colors
…”We are different from one another only in the sense that we have different facets of the same answer to the same calling”…