Our Lady of Fontgombault Abbey

The Abbey of Notre-Dame de Fontgombault is a Benedictine monastery belonging to the Solesmes Congregation.

Founded by Pierre de l'√Čtoile in 1091, the abbey experienced many vicissitudes during its history. Benedictine life was resumed in 1948 due to a swarm of monks coming from the Abbey of Saint Peter of Solesmes.

The community currently numbers about sixty monks. Their Father Abbot is Dom Jean Pateau, elected on 18 August 2011 and solemnly blessed on 7 October 2011.

With the agreement of the ecclesiastical superiors, the books in use for the celebration of the liturgy are the 1962 books, with adjustments promulgated in 1965 pursuant to the Vatican II Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium.

Fontgombault founded Our Lady of Randol Abbey in the diocese of Clermont in 1971, Our Lady of Triors Abbey in the diocese of Valence in 1984, Our Lady of Donezan Abbey in the diocese of Carcassonne in 1994 (first located in Gaussan near Narbonne), Our Lady of Clear-Creek Abbey in the diocese of Tulsa (Oklahoma, USA) in 1999, and took over Saint Paul of Wisques Abbey in the diocese of Arras in 2013.