Le Dorat’s religious communities



Audio commentary voice : Sarah Lafaye, CRT

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In and after the 17th century, as a result of the Catholic counter Reformation, Le Dorat became home to numerous religious communities. Many were devoted to education, such as the Récollets and the Bénédictines from the Trinity convent, present up until the French Revolution, as well as the Girls of Wisdom community, from the 18th century onward.

In the 19th century, the number of congregations rocketed. The carmelites, a small seminary and a boys’ secondary school run by the Brothers of the Christian Schools opened.

Two religious orders even established their headquarters in Le Dorat: the Sisters of Marie-Joseph, who were prison visitors and the Franciscan Sisters of Notre-Dame du Temple, who opened a retirement home for elderly priests and built a chapel in 1890.

By 1900, these communities represented a quarter of the population of Le Dorat, but most disappeared in the 20th century. Nowadays, the only one left is the Sisters of Marie-Joseph, by the church.

Photos credits :
– Ancien hôpital où oeuvraient les filles de la Sagesse. © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2017.
– Verrière de l’église de Bugeat (19) représentant Ste Thérèse de Lisieux, ordre du Carmel. © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. P. Rivière, 2014.
– Bâtiment de l’ancien couvent des carmélite.s © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2017.
– Le Petit Séminaire © Archives départementales de la Haute-Vienne, côte 46 FI 5451
– Actuel collège qui a hébergé les bénédictines puis le Petit Séminaire. © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2017.
– Collège pour garçon de la ville de Caluire dirigé par les Frères des Ecoles Chrétiennes, 1911. © Familles-de-quintenas.com
– Chapelle de la maison mère des Soeurs de Marie Joseph. © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2017.
– Jardin de la maison mère des Soeurs de Marie Joseph. © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2017.
– Chapelle Notre Dame du Temple, transformée en galerie d’art. © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2017.

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Le Dorat’s religious communities

Between the 17th and the 20th centuries, le Dorat was home to many religious congregations. Many of the old buildings still remain today [such as Notre Dame du Temple chapel, where you are standing now]. This audio guide explains the history of these communities.

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