(French: a refuge)
An asylum; especially an institution providing shelter to travelers.
Such assistance was commonly rendered by all monasteries; but in places where travelers were common, and the difficulties and dangers of the road brought many into need, the work of aiding and sheltering the needy became a special work.
Perhaps the most famous example, enduring to our day, is the Hospice of Saint Bernard, conducted by Augustinian monks, upon the passes of Saint Bernard across the Alps.
New Catholic Dictionary