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Abbaye Sainte Marie de Maumont


A life of praise

Our monastery is located in rural southwest France, between Angouleme and Bordeaux. The Benedictine Order goes back 1500 years; our sisters have been at Maumont for 40 years. We have provided links for Charente, the Church, etc.

Our main activity is ? Prayer. We gather for worship in the church seven times a day, and we try to practice continual, personal prayer while we work. You can listen to selections of our sung prayer, which is at the heart of our monastic life.

The monastery has a strong connection with the Church. Our mission includes prayer, hospitality, our monastic foundation in Guinea, and our extended spiritual family of oblates.

Commentary of Sunday readings

only in French ...

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The daily office

  • Sundays and Feast Dayssoeurs office abbaye maumont
    Matins 5:30 a.m.
    Lauds 7:30 a.m.
    Eucharist 10:00 a.m.
    Sext 12:30 p.m.
    Vespers 17:00 p.m.
    Compline 20:05 p.m.


  • Weekdays
    Matins 05:30 a.m.
    Lauds 7:30 a.m.
    Eucharist 8:50 a.m.
    Sext12:30 p.m.
    Vespers 17:15 p.m. (Friday 17:00 p.m.)
    Compline 20:05 p.m.

To see this documentary (in French only) :

How do we support ourselves ?


We earn our living through bookbering, and growing fruits and vegetables for the community.


May we visit ?

The monastery guest house is open to everyone, all year around. We will be happy to tell you how to reach us. Visitors are invited to worship with us and to chant (discreetly) with the sisters. Guests can come for individual or group retreats.

Week-long retreats are held during the summer for women (18-35) who wish to explore a call to share our life. Retreatants join the community for prayer, work and the noon meal.


Nota bene

50 women living together : what a challenge !

The monastic community is not a nice club of like-minded people, not a spiritual support group and not a refuge, where safety is reinforced by conformity.

Our unity comes from God, through our daily life and work: We pray together, in the monastic Office and the Eucharist.

We work together, earning our living and serving one another in community (kitchen, infirmary, etc.)

We welcome guests, including women exploring a call to share our life. We try to help others, both near and far, through prayer; hospitality; sharing donations of clothing, medicine and money with the needy and with Church missions, as well as offering our lives for the benefit of humanity.

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