The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fourvière is a place where families, individuals and groups can come for rest, spiritual renewal, times of prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass, feast day events, picnics and much more. Come and  be inspired by the story of the first missionaries to Oceania. Meet the Community of the Beatitudes which is a living community of Priests, Consecrated Sisters and Lay people and encounter Mary and Jesus in this special place.

We are looking forward to welcoming you for your visit or your next retreat.

Who is it for?

The Sanctuary of our Lady of Fourvière is for all people of good will with a thirst for wholeness and truth - Catholic or non-Catholic, Christian or non-Christian.

Fourvière is for:

  • Someone overcome by the world – feeling dry, dead, exhausted

  • Someone on the path of recovery – looking for healing and respite

  • Someone on the path of discovery – at the beginning of their spiritual journey

  • Someone without faith  – but intrigued by the experience …

  • Someone with faith - seeking the space to hear God’s voice ….

  • Someone young, in need of being listened to, understood and mentored...

  • Someone older, a mother or father – for a beautiful place to rest and pray … 

  • A priest or religious – to rediscover their first love…

  • A family - in search of a nurturing and vibrant environment ...

  • A Group, School or Parish – to rediscover their first love together…

  • You - in your deepest spiritual thirst and need.

The Fourvière Logo

The Fourvière logo is an interpretation of the original mission flag that was fixed to the mast of the Sancta Maria, Bishop Pompallier’s first mission ship to Oceania. 


His mission was dedicated to Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception and the flag was based on that symbol as found on the ‘miraculous medal’. The flag depicted a blue cross, with a monogram of Mary.

The cross was surrounded by twelve stars and under it was a crescent moon, symbolising the Woman of the Apocalypse. ~ Rev.12


The Fourvière logo incorporates the prow of a waka, suggesting the arrival of these first missionaries, in whose spirit Fourvière seeks to continue the work of evangelisation today, We too anchor ourselves in this spiritual tradition under Mary’s banner. The waka is also in the form of a koru, which symbolises new life and ongoing spiritual renewal. 

The Sanctuary of  Fourvière 

is closed

from the 2nd January 

to the 2nd February. 

Contact Us 

Tel: +64(0)21825955

Michael Loretz


Thomas Peacock

Apostolate Co-ordinator

Sr Clare

Retreat Co-ordinator

Our Lady of Fourvière is located in Leithfield,

approximately 30 minutes north of Christchurch,

in the beautiful North Canterbury countryside.

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