Province “Our Lady of Pilar”

Spain and France

The province "Our Lady of Pilar" was founded in July 2010, including the foundations in Spain and France, which until then belonged to the province of "Our Lady of Loreto". It is under the protection of Our Lady appeared to St. James in Zaragoza, and the co-patrons are the Archangel Michael and St. James Apostle. In 2001 the Institute began his presence presence in Spain, in the Monastery "Our Lady of Help" in Güímar, Tenerife. In November 2002, in the same Diocese, the house "San Pedro de Betencourt" in Arico was founded, serving several parishes in the area. The first priest working there was Fr. Benito Lagos (q.e.p.d). In November 2007 the Institute moved to peninsular Spain, with the foundation of the community "St. Ignatius of Loyola" in Manresa , Diocese of Vic. They followed then, in that order, Santiago de Compostela, Barbastro, Granada. Then also Ibiza.

On 24 September 2007 the first foundation in France settled in the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, Le Luc en Provence. In August 2009 the Institute arrived in the Archdiocese of Lyon, with a house in Loire-sur-Rhône, which was then transferred to Ampuis. The community serves 2parishes, which extend for over 25 km on the right bank of the Rhone, south of the Archdiocese. Currently, the province has 9 religious houses in 8 dioceses. 7 houses of the active branch and 2 contemplative monasteries. At this time make the houses are located in Ampuis ( "St. Jean Marie Vianney," Archdiocese of Lyon), Le Luc en Provence ( "St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort," Diocese of Frejus-Toulon), Manresa ( "St. Ignatius of Loyola, "Diocese of Vic), San Cristovo do Eixo (" San Pedro Mezonzo "Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela), Granada (" Blessed Manuel Gonzalez, "Archdiocese of Granada), Arico Nuevo (" San Pedro de Betancourt " Diocese of Tenerife), St. Rafael ( "Blessed José Escandell," Diocese of Ibiza) and the monasteries of contemplative branch of Our Lady of El Pueyo (House of monastic formation in Barbastro - Monzon) and Our Lady of Help (Güímar - Tenerife). 7 apostolic communities serving a total of 17 parishes (if we consider the former parishes, as in the case of Ampuis Lyon, where former parishes have been gruoped, the total is 22). In the Diocese of Vic and Ibiza, our priests are chaplains in prisons. In the Monastery of Our Lady of Pueyo, in the Diocese of Barbastro-Monzon, currently the "House of Monastic Formation" (theologate) is active for all the contemplative branch of the Institute. Every religious who wants to live a contemplative life can make his first experience there, while completing the theological studies. In the parish of Saint Joseph in Cannet des Maures (administered by the Institute), Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, there is the "Blessed Marcel Callo" School, with elementary and high school levels. It is a joint work with lay people and the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matarà. The IVE administrates the school. It was founded in September 2010, and currently it has more than 80 students. Recently, the province has founded two publishing houses: Magthas Editions and Monte Pueyo Editions (works for the philosophical and theological formation). For the moment it is possible to buy in Every year we organize several courses of Spiritual Exercises for religious and lay people (over 20 each year), and also: - Family Days - Family Pilgrimages / ST. JOHN PAUL II, Ecclesia in Europa, 18: "emerged the clear and passionate certainty that the Church has to offer Europe the most precious of all gifts, a gift which no one else can give: faith in Jesus Christ, the source of the hope that does not disappoint;(30) a gift which is at the origin of the spiritual and cultural unity of the European peoples and which both today and tomorrow can make an essential contribution to their development and integration. After twenty centuries, the Church stands at the beginning of the third millennium with a message which is ever the same, a message which constitutes her sole treasure: Jesus Christ is Lord; in him, and in no one else, do we find salvation (cf. Acts 4:12). Christ is the source of hope for Europe and for the whole world, “and the Church is the channel in which the grace pouring from the pierced Heart of the Saviour flows and spreads"