Congregation of the Christian Retreat

An order composed of two branches, the Fathers, and the Sisters, of the Christian Retreat, founded at Fontenelle, France, by Father Antoine Receveur, 1789. The Fathers of the Christian Retreat formerly directed colleges in France, and still hold the office of chaplains to the various houses of the congregation, whose purpose is the giving of spiritual retreats and the education of the young. The Sisters teach, and do fine needlework. The congregation has over 10 houses, including schools, in England, France, Switzerland, and Belgium. The government is under a mother-general. Total religious, upwards of 1,000.

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