Summer Conference 2017


(Near Nantes airport, free lifts available).

“When will souls breathe Mary, as much as bodies breathe air?” (St Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort)

Conference delegates should plan to arrive on31st July and depart on 4th or 5th August. Various types of accommodation are available at reasonable cost (evening of Monday 31st July to morning of Friday 4th August).  All meals are provided by our in-house French chef.

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Speakers will be announced in early 2017, but will include:



Ferdi McDermottferdi


Ferdi McDermott is Principal and Founder of Chavagnes International College ( and the Chavagnes Studium. He is authored and edited several books on literary and theological topics and also founded the international Catholic cultural journal, Saint Austin Review ( in 2000.


Father Mark Lawler

Father Mark Lawler is chaplain to Chavagnes International College and Chavagnes Studium. He is currently completing his doctoral thesis on aspects of the theology of Gilbert Keith Chesterton.





Father Bede Rowe

Father Bede Rowe, formerly chaplain of Chavagnes International College, is author of books on the Old Testament, the Mass and Confession, and is currently completing a doctorate in theology at the University of Durham.


gerhardGerhard Eger

Mr Eger, a native of Chile, is a Classics graduate of Princeton University and professor at the Maison de Formation St Alberto Hurtado, a seminary operated by the Fraternity of St Joseph the Guardian in the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon.



orient_expressThanks to our resident French chef, and our friendly local vineyards, conference delegates will be enjoying the best of local French cuisine and wine every day, including a special meal aboard  the Orient Express! (or at least the Orient Express dining carriages from 1926, on a local picturesque stretch of railway). Yes, together with the other participants in the Chavagnes Summer Conference and some special guests, we’ll be spending an afternoon aboard a classic train, dining in style just like Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, while enjoying a classic train journey through breathtaking countryside!

stlaurentThe conference also includes a pilgrimage to St Laurent sur Sèvre, with the tomb of St Louis de Montfort.  Pope St John Paul II made a pilgrimage to St Laurent 20 years ago in 1996, plus other local sites of cultural and religious interest.

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