Plumelin and a congregation !

For lack of a better name, you know me….I was on my road warrior trips in my beautiful Morbihan and came upon a road that led directly pass the town of Plumelin and into Kermaria! A find, nice one even if private. Good to have in my blog for the history and the event, and my life’s travels. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Filles de Jésus de Kermaria  or the Daughters of Jesus of Kermaria form a female teaching and hospitaller religious congregation of pontifical right.  Towards the end of the 18C, Pierre Nourry, a Breton priest from Bignan, thought of founding a congregation of nuns, but the outbreak of the French revolution forced him to abandon his idea. It was his successor, Father Yves-Marie Coëffic, who proposes to Perrine Samson, of the Franciscan Third Order, to become a member of the future congregation to be founded in the spirit of Pierre Nourry. Four young girls joined her and began their novitiate in 1831, they made their first vows on November 25, 1834, when Perrine received the name of Mother Saint Angèle. From its beginnings, the congregation devoted itself to the education of children, to the care of the sick and to assisting the dying.

Plumelin Filles de Jésus de Kermaria front oct22

In 1860, the congregation left Bignan to settle not far from there in the moors of Lan Vraz, on the territory of the town Plumelin ,also in the Morbihan dept 56 while the place was renamed Kermaria where a chapel dedicated to Saint Joseph was built. In Plumelin, the congregation still has a religious complex, which remains a place of pilgrimage, comprising two chapels and conventual buildings, as well as a college.

The Sisters of the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus, whose influence was limited in France by the law on congregations of 1880, were forced into exile at the beginning of the 20C by virtue of the law of 1901. (separation of state and church ), In 1903, for example, more than 100 nuns left Brittany for Canada. The Daughters of Jesus also opened an establishment in the United States in the same year in Lewistown, Montana. Three institutes merged with them, The Sisters of Thanksgiving of Mauron (Morbihan 56) founded in 1884, In 1990, the Helpers of the Immaculate Conception of Paris (Île-de-France) founded in 1858, In 2011, the Daughters of Jesus of Vaylats (Lot 47) founded in 1820, The Daughters of Jesus devote themselves to educating young people, helping the sick and dying, teaching catechism and parish animation and various works of solidarity with the marginalized and the needy. They are present in: Europe: Belgium, France, Ireland, and the United Kingdom; America: Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Haiti, ,and Honduras; and Africa: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Chad. The parent congregation is base in Paris.

The official Daughters of Jesus congregation :

There you go folks, a find, a nice place ,tucked in inland Morbihan by the road D117 just out of Locminé towards Plumelin; Kermaria is worth a look. Again, hope you enjoy it as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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