Monk by monk

Good news.

The monks from Fontgombault (who founded Clear Creek in the Diocese of Tulsa) are going to repopulate a French monastery.

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. mwmn says:

    Just thought I’d let you know, that their website is blocked by Trend Micro anti-virus software (“can transmit malicious software or has been involved in online scam or fraud”). Someone might want to notify them of the problem.

  2. VexillaRegis says:

    I had no problem accessing their site, though. (The text is in German, BTW.)

  3. fib09002 says:

    This is great news!

    Yet I really must ask, though, does anyone know how many languages Fr. Z speaks? I knew he knew Latin, Italian, and probably French, but German too? This is quite impressive.

  4. VexillaRegis says:

    Dear fibo9002,

    good question! Since our dear host is of German descent (from the village of Zühlsdorf), I suspect he speaks German too, and if not, at least his pronounciation is very good indeed!

  5. Mandy P. says:


    Sorry to go OT, but I was wondering if you are going to post a Pontifex Tuesday tweet today? I love the project and have been refreshing the site all day waiting for the tweet.


  6. Phil_NL says:

    Also good to hear it stays within the Solesmes family of Benedictine abbeys – perhaps Fontgombault will be in a position to repeat this in a few other cases as well.

  7. Mike Morrow says:

    The cited article does not indicate that any of the monks re-populating the French monastery will come from the Oklahoma monastery.

  8. pberginjr says:

    It’s a shame something similar couldn’t be arranged in the case of Siegburg.

  9. Gregorius says:

    Re-read fr.’s comment, Mr. Morrow. He says, “The monks from Fontgombault (who founded Clear Creek in the Diocese of Tulsa) are going to repopulate a french monastery.” He is just pointing out that this isn’t the first time the Fontgombault monks are revitalizing monastic life, NOT saying that some Clear Creek monks are going to France.

    Although I must ask, Fr.- how did you learn all those languages? Did you take classes? I wish I could just pick up multiple languages.

  10. robtbrown says:


    Do you know Siegburg? I’ve been to mass there.

  11. robtbrown says:

    Mike Morrow

    The monks will come from Fontgombault. BTW many years ago Fontgombault was offered Mont St Michel.

  12. ces nouvelles est super !

  13. JonPatrick says:

    English translation of the French version (with some help from Google):

    The Abbey of Saint-Paul de Wisques (Pas-de-Calais) announced Sunday, Jan. 13 in a statement that the monks of the traditionalist abbey Fontgombault (Indre) had joined the abbey and that “a relatively large group of young monks “should follow by next fall.

    Founded in 1889 by monks from Solesmes Abbey St. Paul Wisques had grown to count sixty monks, but has seen in recent years its workforce shrink “to the point that it was seriously proposed to close, as it was done for abbey Belval last year, and see the monks dispersed to other monasteries of the Congregation, “says the abbey in a statement.

    The traditionalist Abbey of Our Lady of Fontgombault (another daughter of Solesmes, founded in 1948) has, however, proposed “the challenge for the survival of her older sister, planning to send a relatively large group of young monks” . “The project could begin next fall, allowing our abbey to continue its mission of being a center of monastic prayer and hospitality,” says the Abbey.

    According to our information, the monastic community was very divided on the arrival of numerous monks and religious could leave the abbey to other monasteries.

    Refounded in 1948 by monks from Solesmes, Abbey Fontgombault kept the liturgy in force before the council and depends on the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei following, to Rome, the communities attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

  14. vetusta ecclesia says:

    JonPatrick’s translation of the article in La Croix is accurate. The possible dissension amonsgt the present inhabitants is sad; the good news is that Wisques, being in the Departement of Pas-de-Calais, is very easily accessed from UK.

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