• 2012
  • Jan
  • 5

Couvent sainte Anne

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The convent church as it was

Several people are wondering what is the ‘Couvent Sainte Anne’.

Our church is the conventual church of a religious order. Founded in the mid 19th Century by the Comtesse Anna de Meeûs, the Institute of Perpetual Adorartion had its Motherhouse and noviate in Brussels. Our church is attached to that convent building. The convent in 1958 housed 150 ‘Ladies of Perpetual Adoration’ and the congregation had houses all over Europe- including England in South Kensington and Effingham, Surrey. In the same year the order had over 600 members.

In 1971 the order decided they could no longer maintain perpetual adoration- so they changed their name to ‘Sisters of the Eucharist’.

Today the convent is empty- the church was closed in 2008. Nine sisters live in a nursing home (built in the convent grounds). They are aged between 70- 90 years old.

Last year on 2nd February the Institute was asked to re-open the church and I was appointed rector.

I shall try to give some more details of the convent in future posts.

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The Convent of Saint Anne

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  • 2012
  • Jan
  • 5

Sunday 22 January Solemn High Mass10h30

On this Sunday the Superior general of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, Monsignor Gilles Wach will celebrate Mass. It will be a special celebration in gratitude for the first anniversary of the re-opening of the church.
The Saint Anne’s consort will sing Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai.

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