Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland – Congregation of the Most Holy Sacrament

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Mixed. Under Simple Vows. Founded 1857.

This Congregation was founded at Paris by Father Pierre Eymard in 1857, with the consent of Pius IX, who, two years previously, promised the holy founder when he proposed it to His Holiness to bless it, adding that the idea came from Heaven.

The object of Pere Eymard was to found a society of priests, whose chief occupation should be the glorification of the Blessed Sacrament by adoring our Lord present in it perpetually themselves, and in promoting love and devotion towards it. In 1859 the Congregation received the lauda, and five years later Pius IX approved it canonically as a religious body taking simple but perpetual vows, but adjourned the approbation of the Constitutions, according to custom, to a more opportune time.

Père Eymard revised the Constitutions, and in 1868 was about to start to Rome to get the approbation when he died, to the grief, not only of his own little family, but of religious France, who looked upon him as an apostle. Cardinal Chigi announced his death to the Pope, who at once issued a brief expressing the esteem and affection he felt for the holy founder, and his approbation of his work. In 1875 the same Pope approved the Constitutions.

The Institute is composed principally of priests, but lay-Brothers are admitted.

The principal work undertaken by the members is the giving of public and private retreats; the ministry of preaching, especially in circumstances proper to promote the love and glory of the Holy Eucharist; and the preparation of adults for First Communion.

Perpetual adoration of the Holy Sacrament is part of the rule: each member spends seven hours of the day and night before the Altar. The Divine Office is sung in choir, and the Blessed Sacrament is always exposed in the churches of the Institute. The Congregation professes also a great devotion to Our Blessed Lady, and especially to her Immaculate Conception.

MLA Citation

  • Francesca M Steele. “Congregation of the Most Holy Sacrament”. Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland, 1903. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 December 2018. Web. 15 December 2018. <>