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Lagrasse Abbey

Revive Lagrasse Abbey

LAGRASSE ABBEY - The Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Lagrasse

A group picture of monks standing in the stairs of Lagrasse Abbey. Lagrasse Abbey is located in the South of France about 20 miles south-east of Carcassonne, in the Aude department of Languedoc-Roussillon.
Founded in the 8th century, the Abbey presents a diversity in architectural styles up until the 18th century. In 2004, the community of canons took up residence at Lagrasse Abbey. This young community – the average age of the canons is 43 years old – brought the Abbey back from abandonment and desolation, shining new light on its architectural beauty elevating its soul with their Gregorian chants. Today, the Abbey is both an idyll of peace and a heart of activity, and is home to a vibrant community.
This is a top-view photo of volunteers looking at Lagrasse Abbey from above. Lagrasse Abbey is one of the most prestigious religious monuments in the South of France.

This community is what sets Lagrasse Abbey apart.

The dedication of the canons, to Lagrasse Abbey and to the community outside of the abbey walls, is unparalleled, welcoming with open arms all who pass through their doors. Each year, Lagrasse Abbey welcomes nearly 20,000 visitors, familiar faces and tourists alike, providing important guidance and care such as:

  • Support to families, young people, at-risk youth, people in need, the sick, people with disabilities and provide palliative care.
  • Hospitality to visitors, the faithful, and participants in spiritual retreats, as well as organize an annual month-long summer volunteer retreat for students and young professionals.
  • Organize sports and cultural events whose profits are donated to various charities.
  • Education through visits to local classrooms, exam preparation for youths, and invitations to scholars to research the Abbey (its history, architecture, gardens, etc.); academics present their research at symposia and in university publications called “Les cahiers de Lagrasse” (“The Lagrasse Notebooks”).
  • Sustainability by promoting long-term environmental action through advocacy to partners and visitors, and maintaining gardens developed with permaculture techniques.

American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse is dedicated to supporting the restoration of Lagrasse Abbey.

This is Pere Louis-Marie. Pere Louis-Marie is responsible for patronage and fundraising for of American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse. American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse is dedicated to supporting the restoration of Lagrasse Abbey.

Père Louis-Marie

responsible for patronage and fundraising

This is Remi Delafon. Remi Delafon is the President of the benefit committee of American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse. American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse is dedicated to supporting the restoration of Lagrasse Abbey.

Rémi Delafon

President of Benefit Committee

This is Astrid Stanfield-Pinel. Astrid Stanfield-Pinel is the President of the benefit committee in the US of American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse. American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse is dedicated to supporting the restoration of Lagrasse Abbey.

Astrid Stanfield-Pinel

President of Benefit Committee for the US

Lagrasse Abbey is located in the South of France about 20 miles south-east of Carcassonne, in the Aude department of Languedoc-Roussillon.

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You make the restoration
of Lagrasse Abbey possible.

Your generous contribution to American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse, LLC is deductible as provided in Section 170 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions by check should be made payable to the order of “American Friends of l’Abbaye de Lagrasse, LLC” and mailed to:


American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse, LLC
Attn: Jennifer Herlein
14 East 60th Street, Suite 605
New York, NY 10022


For other types of gifts, like wire transfers, please contact fhs@frenchheritagesociety.org

Questions about Revive Campaign and the Abbey?

Revive Lagrasse Abbey is an ambitious 5-year campaign with a $6.7 million fundraising goal to raise the necessary funds for the restorations projects. Learn more and how can I help

Lagrasse Abbey (Abbaye de Lagrasse)  is located in the South of France about 20 miles south-east of Carcassonne, in the Aude department of Languedoc-Roussillon. View on Google Maps

Lagrasse Abbey was founded in the 8th century, the Abbey presents great diversity in architectural styles up until the 18th century. The Abbey was brought back from abandonment and desolation when the current community of canons took up residence and began the daunting task of restoring the Abbey. Read more here

Yes, people live in Lagrasse Abbey! In 2004, the community of canons took up residence at Lagrasse Abbey. This young community – the average age of the canons is 43 years old – brought the Abbey back from abandonment and desolation, shining new light on its architectural beauty and elevating its soul with their Gregorian chants. Today, they need your help!

Your generous contribution to American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse, LLC is deductible as provided in Section 170 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. You make the restoration of Lagrasse Abbey possible. Donate online now

Contributions by check should be made payable to the order of “American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse, LLC” and mailed to:

American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse, LLC
Attn: Jennifer Herlein
14 East 60th Street, Suite 605
New York, NY 10022