A NATURAL SANCTUARY, A spiritual oasis
In 1907, between vast lakes and mountains, a humble oasis of peace conducive to contemplation and prayer saw the light of day. Abbé Elzéar DeLamarre, a simple man, had already grasped these mysterious and wonderful things: many people of faith were willing to walk long distances, navigate despite the headwinds of life, and travel as pilgrims to experience a privileged encounter with this very popular Saint who heard and answered prayers: St. Anthony of Padua.
He also knew that the Mother of God, attentive to simple people, as she had been to Bernadette at Lourdes forty years earlier, could fittingly and maternally respond to supplications by presenting them to her son, Jesus.
Ermitage Saint-Antoine, which has experienced remarkable development throughout its history, today remains a natural sanctuary and spiritual oasis that responds to their quest for meaning - and for God - for tens of thousands of pilgrims who annually patronize it.
Much like migratory birds which each spring fly over our heads with the sole purpose of giving birth to their offspring in a corner withdrawn from the North, thus pilgrims who seek to be reborn and grow new life around and inside themselves, in particular with the One who is the way, the truth and the life - Jesus, the Son of God, make their way to the Ermitage.
For those searching to significantly experience a human and spiritual pilgrimage, you will find this charming place to be a path that will lead to growth and discovery. It is an experience that will give you a deep desire to live precious moments of peace, of inwardness and growth. Ermitage Saint-Antoine offers moments of prayer and celebration, and spiritual and cultural activities in an enchanting natural setting. High quality accommodation and food services are available.
The Capuchin Friars and staff will be delighted to accompany you in your pursuit which will become an individual process for growth and harmony.
Welcome to you all, pilgrims and friends of good Saint Antoine.
Father France Salesse, Capuchin Fri