Fourvière is a haven of silence and beauty that allows one to leave a world lost in artificial connections in order to reconnect with the self, others and God.


The Fourvière spiritual team share their gift of living in the presence of God with all visitors, so that each one may encounter God in the depths of their being and re-enter the world transformed and renewed.


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

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

  • You - in your deepest spiritual thirst and need.

Who's it for?

Our Vision

Our Mission

We provide a place where groups and individuals can deepen their relationship with God in tangible ways, particularly through the living encounter with the Beatitudes Community.


The Community share the beauty of their liturgical rhythm of prayer, inviting each person to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’.


Their experience and expertise in Christian formation is put at the service of the people of God through offering:

  • Eucharist adoration

  • Liturgy

  • running retreats and days of recollection

  • guidance and accompaniment of those on personal retreat

  • teaching for groups

  • family days

  • prayer night

How we came to be

The Fourvière trust is a registered charity that can into being on the 8th of December 2015 on the solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a fruit of an encounter between the Beatitudes Community, members of the Carmelite Secular Order in Christchurch, and other ardently committed people and priests of the Christchurch diocese, who have been praying for and working towards creation of a retreat house in the diocese for some time. 

Many collaborators and benefactors, both Catholic and Protestant, have participated in the realisation of the project so far. 

The long-standing support and encouragement of the project by the late Bishop Barry Jones, ninth Bishop of Christchurch, is gratefully acknowledged.

Meet the Board

Sr Therese

Fr John Adams

Caren Thompson


Vincent Chia


Sr Clare


Tim Goulding


Chair & Co-Founder

Trustee and Co-Founder

House Of Prayer 

& Retreat


Our Lady of Fourvière is located in 

Leithfield, approximately 30 minutes north of Christchurch, in the beautiful North Canterbury countryside.


67 Leithfield Road, Leithfield 

RD1 Amberley 7481,

North Canterbury 

New Zealand

(03) 314 8837

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