Situated south of Brive on the ancient Nationale
20 the site of St Antoine grottoes is a spot taking place in the
history of the city .The Franciscan community living on the place
offers retreats formations and animated celebrations which make this
sanctuary a real space of possibilities for pilgrims but also for
visitors taking advantage of the peacefulness of the park.
| A place of history
In 1360 the Franciscans built a small ermitage
above the grotto,transformed in oratory.They welcome pilgrims .After5
centuries of chaos the pilgrimage is at its best at the end of the 19th
century.During the second World war St Antoine grottoes took part in
the Resistance against the occupant and the Nazy barbarity.
With a new community arriving in 2004 starting an important building
site of renovation of the church and the hostelry.
|| A dynamic Franciscan community
The community is nowadays composed of 6 brothers :the order
has chosen Brive as one of its main sites in province.Large gatherings
of the components of the Franciscan family are regularly organised .The
lodging renovated permits a pleasant simple welcoming.Monks or
voluntary laiques were engaged together to build a structure
adapted to a present search of spirituality.
| A place for training and
All along the year and in link with liturgical strong beats
the brothers propose formations about the study of the
Gospel,religious authors (this year:Maurice Zundel)retreats,a discovery
of Franciscan spirituality and original ideas (walking and prayers 24
hours for God).The park is even more joyful during the Franciscan
for families.Thanks to a renewed hostelry the site allows a pleasant
welcoming for visitors or pilgrims.
Traditionally two main votive feasts attract people :the
feast of St Antoine :on June 13th and the feast of Onions :last
Sunday of August.