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 204 monasteries.

The word of the president :

Welcome to all, brothers, sisters, friends from everywhere…

Advent 2018… A new rubric for a new liturgical year fully turned towards the celebration of the paschal Mystery. It really is what gives rhythm to our days and lives in community behind the Christ.

At the opening of 21st November « Pro Orantibus Day », Pope Francis asked this question :
« What would become of the Church without the contemplative life ? What would become of the weaker members of the Church who find in you a support to continue the journey ? What would happen to the Church and the world without the beacons that signal the port to those who are lost on the high seas, without the torches that illuminate the dark night we are going through, without the sentinels announcing the new day when it is still night ? »…

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In our monasteries, the day of 6th October « Come and see » was kind of an (anticipated) answer to the Pope’s question. From a poster, all the monasteries were keen to organize it during the Synod of bishops on young people. The feedbacks clearly show our unanimous concern for sharing the call of Christ in its daily realization. Beacons ?, Torches ?, Sentinels ?, Signal ?, Marker ?, Watch ?

As many monasteries, so many answers… but only one body !

When preparing this day, we were brought together by an impetus that many wish to keep with a few small adjustments. We will carry on !

« He is coming! », Oh yes, come, Lord Jesus, for all the men in this world !

Sr Véronique, op.

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…

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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



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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”…