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ABBEY DE VALLOIRES, A LIVING HISTORY

History: In 1137 Count Guy II of Ponthieu authorized monks from the Cistercian Abbey of Citeaux to settle in the valley of Authie then known as Valloires. The first church was consecrated in 1226 . The abbey was rebuilt from 1742 to 1756.  The Abbey de Valloires has gone through some difficult times with ongoing wars against England and Spain.  It has suffered through religious conflicts and the French Revolution. The abbey was sold on July 7, 1791 to a local landlord, Jourdain de l’ Eloge who, by his protection,  saved the abbey from looting and destruction. The abbey was sold again by his heirs in 1817 to a secular congregation, the Basilians, present until 1880.They were then replaced by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul which set up an orphanage. The abbey was again sold in 1905 and then occupied during WWI as a  Belgian hospital.

The abbey was occupied during WWII by the Germans when Marshall Rommel wanted to use it as general headquarters.

 

Living History. In 1922 Thérèse Papillon, a French Red-Cross nurse, bought the abbey and founded the Association de Valloires. The Association  was recognized as a non profit charity organization on June 10, 1925. The Association is the sole owner of the abbey and its  various components.

 

One component of the Association is dedicated to foster children.   The Abbey has fostered well over 25,000 children since 1922.
In addition, the Association has developed a service center for the elderly (nursing homes,....) To keep and maintain the abbey, the Association has developed cultural and hotel services.   

Milestones: • Purchase in 1922 • Installation of running water in 1925 • Installation of electricity in 1928 • Installation of central heating in 1929

 

 

PHILANTROPY WITHOUT SCALE AND SUSTAINABILITY

 

IS LIKE ANY OTHER BAD BUSINESS

 

THAT WILL SIMPLY WITHER AND DIE ON THE VINE.

 

NAVEEN JAIN

 

 

 

IN FACT ASSOCIATION DE VALLOIRES NEEDS YOU FOR OUR ENDOWMENT FUND

TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE FUND PLEASE GO TO OUR ENGLISH DEDICATED WEB SITE.

 

IF YOU ARE A US RESIDENT IT IS TAX DEDUCTABLE THANKS TO OUR TAX RELEASE THROUGH FONDATION DE FRANCE IN

NEW YORK

 

contact: Katie Bennett
Friends of Fondation de France
Phone: (212) 812-4362
E-mail: info@friendsoffdf.org

 

Our US site

www.charity-valloires.com

chronologie bilingue abbaye de valloires

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A complete description of what we aim to for the preservation of the abbey.

Dossier Mécènes USA.pdf

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VISITS

Only guided visits :
  • March / October / November: week 11am and 3pm – weekend 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30 pm
  • April and September: 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm
  • May to August: 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm
Price for individuals:
Only the abbey (for sell at the abbey exclusively)
Adults: 8€
Children (less than 12 years old): 5€
Pair ticket - Abbey and Gardens (for sell at the abbey and at the Gardens)
Adult: 14.50€
Children (less than 12 years old): 9€
Groups : on request
Payment method : cash, credit card
Free car park
Languages : the guided visit is only in French. A translation of the visit will be given on request at the shop of the abbey.
Contact : 03 22 29 62 33 – contact@abbaye-valloires.com