Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland – Oblates of Saint Francis of Sales


Active. Under Simple Vows. Founded 1873. Motto: Tenui nec dimittam.

The Oblates of Saint Francis of Sales were founded at Troyes, in 1873, by Père Louis Brisson, at the suggestion of Mother Maria de Sales Chappuis, a Visitation nun, declared Venerable on 27 July 1897. Their principal work is the education of boys and home and foreign missions.

The rule is founded on that of Saint Augustine, but in spiritual things the members follow the teaching of Saint Francis of Sales. The Constitutions were definitely approved by the Holy See in 1897.

In 1882 the Apostolic Prefecture of the Orange River, West Coast of Africa, which was erected into an Apostolic Vicariate in 1898, was entrusted to the Fathers.

The Congregation consists of priests and lay-Brothers. The members take annual vows for the first three years, after that perpetual vows. They have houses in England, France, Austria, Italy, Greece, and North and South America.

MLA Citation

  • Francesca M Steele. “Oblates of Saint Francis of Sales”. Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland, 1903. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 December 2018. Web. 7 May 2021. <>