Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland – Clerics of Saint Viateur


Educational. Authorized. Founded 1830.

The Clerics of Saint Viateur are an association formed by the Abbe Querbes, curé of Vourles, in the Rhone Department, France, under the Restoration. It consisted originally of a certain number of schoolmasters, who, during the holidays, assembled together at the Abbe’s house, where he gave them conferences on religion, and inculcated in them the best method, in his opinion, of forming Catholic pupils. The schoolmasters then begged him to organize a religious congregation for them. He did so, and it spread rapidly from the beginning; it sent members to America, where it possesses twenty-four houses in Canada and four in the United States.

In France it had in 1881 no less than 98 houses, containing 550 priests, and it directed 173 schools, which were then nearly all authorized. The mother-house was at Vourles.

The Clerics of Saint Viateur direct public or free schools, orphanages, and institutions for deaf-mutes.

MLA Citation

  • Francesca M Steele. “Clerics of Saint Viateur”. Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland, 1903. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 December 2018. Web. 16 May 2021. <>