Retraite Cathédrale

Dates for 2017: The retreat will be held from May 6-13. Les Exercises Spirituels d’Ignace de Loyola, avec la bible de verre et de pierre de la Cathédrale de Chartres. (A visual overview: pdf)

Street to Cathedral from COACH

View of the cathedral when approaching from Centre Œcuménique et Artistique

Every year in April, The Chemin Neuf Community, in partnership with Jill, offers an eight-day silent ecumenical retreat. Retraite Cathédrale: Les Exercises selon la Cathédrale will help you experience the love of God more deeply. You can also expect to discover renewed energy for service.

Evening Prayer Group

Praying together in the crypt


Using the exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola during four periods of biblical contemplation each day, the images and sacred space of the Chartres Cathedral, communal worship, and daily meetings with a spiritual director, retreatants explore their lives and faith as they seek to follow Jesus more closely and fully.

Circumambulating the Cathedral in prayer


While the images from the cathedral speak in their own way, French is the language used for teaching and praying. Fluency in French is ideal; if you can understand most of what you hear, you will also benefit from this retreat. Spiritual direction sessions are offered in English for native-speakers.

Praying the Labyrinth Together


Is God inviting you to join us?


Jesus showing his wounds, West Rose

Photos from 2016 Retraite Cathédrale

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Photos from Retraite Cathédrale 2016
Photos from labyrinth walks during Retraite Cathédrale 2016

Photos from Retraite Cathédrale 2015
Photo Gallery of Images from the Cathedral used with Ignatian Exercises Retreat (2015)

Photos from Retraite Cathédrale 2013

Presentation from a past retreat

La Création : Les statues du porche nord de la Cathédrale de Chartres

A letter or email explaining why you want to make this retreat is required. It may be submitted to Chemin Neuf or Jill in English or French.

The Retraite Cathédrale is held each Spring at the Centre Oecumenique et Artistique de Chartres, a retreat house owned and operated by the Community of Chemin Neuf.
Centre Œcuménique et Artistique de Chartres 13 rue du Dr de Fourmestraux 28000 Chartres, France Téléphone: +33/2 37 18 32 24  Send an email.


Whether you have a question, comment, or are ready to communicate why you want to join the Retraite Cathedral, you may use the form below.


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