Chavagnes is an existing male community, and so for young men, we have a created a collegiate-style hall of residence called St Gregory’s Hall. It makes sense to build up our work, stage by stage. Once we have 10 or 20 boys working well on their BA, it will be time to set up a hall for girls too.
In the medium term, within the community of the Studium (a medieval word for a fledgling university) we are planning two Halls: one for men, and one for women. As the young people coming to join us will often be leaving home for first time, we recognise that whilst they are already young adults, they still need the kind of pastoral support that will create within each Hall a Catholic family-style environment. For this reason, then, the St Gregory’s Hall (for young men) will have a Warden and several younger male academic staff who will live alongside the students as well as teaching them. The Ladies’ Hall would also have two or three female professors who would act as role models and mentors for the young ladies in their care.
For the first intake of BA students in September 2018, we have already had enquiries from both young men and young women (from France, the USA and Australia), and we will certainly be catering for the needs of female students even before we are able to offer a dedicated hall of residence:
- Catholic host families who would welcome a small number of girls (perhaps two or three) as members of the family
- We are also happy to offer help for groups of girls to rent and share a house together
- A range of different rental possibilities proposed by ‘ICES’ in nearby La Roche sur Yon with local French students
We believe that what we are creating here will be, with God’s grace, an especially fruitful educational apostolate and will be a great place for Catholic boys and girls, typically aged 17-19 when they start here, to grow into the strong, reliable and impressive young adults who will be at the forefront of our society in the years to come. We hope you will want to be part of the adventure!