What is a Foyer de Charité ?
In each Foyer de Charité lives a community of men and women gathered around a priest who is the “father of the foyer”. The members of the foyer, who can be single or married, share a simple fraternal life. They put their belongings and abilities in common to make the Foyer a place for nurturing the spiritual renewal of their contemporaries.
The members of the Foyers de Charité have chosen to concentrate their lives to evangelising others. Through their work, prayer and hospitality, their aim is to:
- live out and bear witness together to the love of Christ for each person;
- strengthen Christians in their faith;
- give all men the chance to meet Christ and to grow in humanity.
The 76 Foyers de Charité, which are spread across four continents, welcome more than 50,000 people per year to their spiritual retreats. Currently, there are 28 Foyers in Africa, 15 in America, 9 in Asia and 24 in Europe, of which 13 are in France. In each foyer, the members offer the same loving support, while remaining faithful to Christ’s message of love.
Some Foyers de Charité have additional missions (schools, dispensaries, holiday homes, voluntary work).
In 1986, the Pontifical Council for the Laity recognised the Work of the Foyers de Charité as an international association of the faithful of pontifical right.
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