On the road to Compostella at the heart of the medieval Marian city of Rocamadour, this Christian Welcome Centre belongs to the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Calvary of Gramat – Rocamadour founded by Blessed Pierre BONHOMME .
Cantou house is located at the foot of the sanctuary where the first Sisters committed themselves to follow Jesus in the Religious Life; they had appealed to the Blessed Virgin in order to have the strength, courage and fidelity to answer the call of God.
This house was formerly a school. It is near the Mother House of the Congregation which administers the reception centres at both Gramat and Rocamadour through the Association « Le Grand Couvent ».
The Congregation offers Cantou house to fulfil the following objectives:
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Calvary has since 1993 welcomed pilgrims at Cantou house. The sleeping capacity is 14 (7 individual bedrooms, 1 double bedroom and 1 dormitory with 6 beds + 3 bathrooms and 3 toilets). There is no catering service but the kitchen is equipped and available to guests; alternatively picnic meals are available. Cantou house is located at the heart of the sanctuary of Rocamadour, in a calm position suitable for contemplation, with an exceptional view over the site. The Sisters of Our Lady of Calvary participate in the activities of the sanctuary and invite you to share their moments of prayer and meeting.
The community also welcomes families, small groups and individuals who come for a time of pilgrimage to Our Lady of Rocamadour.
Le Cantou - Rue de la Mercerie - 46 500 Rocamadour - Tel : 05 65 33 73 69 (Administrator : Association « Le Grand Couvent »)
The Cantou is open from March 1st to December 15. Reception and accommodation are organized by two Sisters: Sr Marie-Jeanne and Sr Marie- France, helped by a volunteer.
Reception of pilgrims is from 15:00. The bedrooms and dormitory must be freed before 8:30.
Rocamino est la suite d’un long travail déjà engagé depuis quelques années pour promouvoir la voie de Rocamadour vers Compostelle.
Aujourd’hui l’association Rocamino souhaite répondre à la spécificité du sanctuaire de Rocamadour dans l’histoire compostellane et vise à maintenir et à développer son rayonnement sur les chemins de saint Jacques tant en France qu’en Espagne.
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