Our Lady, Mother of the Light
Our Lady, Mother of the Light



Our Lady, Mother of the Light
Our Lady, Mother of the Light

Who's 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.


Our Vision

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

Our Mission

We provide a place where groups and individuals can rest and gain spiritual renewal particularly through a living encounter with the Community of the Beatitudes.


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:

  • A place of respite for those in need of rest from the pressures of the world

  • Accompaniment and or guidance of those on personal retreat

  • running retreats and days of recollection

  • prayerful events, celebrations, liturgies and places to pray and adore

  • educational programmes

  • a living shrine where communities, families and individuals can pray, meet, play and be together.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady, Mother of the Light is a place of pilgrimage where all are welcome to enjoy the beauty of God's creation.

Come to spend a moment of stillness, to pray with Our Mother Mary and to be comforted by the Lord.


Fourvière is a place where people can come together to experience beautiful liturgies,, join with the Beatitudes Community in prayer and conviviality, and be accompanied spiritually. We have events for feasts and education as well as regular opportunities for you to join in the life of the Sanctuary.

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, be inspired by the story of the first missionaries to Oceania, meet the Community of the Beatitudes and encounter Mary and Jesus in this special place.

Fourvière Retreat House offers comfortable accomodation in a  tranquil location. We provide an intimate setting for diffrent types of retreats for groups and individuals.

Come and discover a place that is home to a religious community, a space dedicated to prayer and service of the Lord. Come to be in His presence and let yourself be renewed. 


October 17th

10am - 3pm

67 Leithfield Road, Leithfield

North Canterbury

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November 10 - 19th

"Te Ara O Te Marama, Aotearoa"

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December 5th

From 6pm

Mass at 6pm with Bishop Paul

Picnic & sausage sizzle,

Procession & all night adoration

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Fourvière needs your support. Ckick here to donate or to find out how you can get involved in the work and ongoing mission of this apostolate.

Stay in touch with the Fourvière team and the Community of the Beatitudes and find out how to get involved.