Community of the 


The Beatitudes Catholic Community is an international Ecclesial Family of Consecrated Life in the Catholic Church. It was founded in France in 1973 and opened its first house in New Zealand in Christchurch in 1994. The first members were welcomed into the Catholic Maori Community at Te Rangimarie in Gloucester Street. The Beatitudes Community is made up of three branches: priests and brothers, consecrated sisters, and associated lay members. 

It has 800 members in fifty houses worldwide.

The life of the Community is made up of prayer and service, with hospitality being an important dimension. This is expressed through retreats, days of recollection, spiritual guidance, and fostering a contemplative spirit in the midst of daily life, through the unceasing prayer of the heart. Committed to the New Evangelisation, the Beatitudes Community seeks to announce the Good News of the Gospel through its liturgy, beauty, music, art, youth apostolate, works of compassion, and missionary activity. 

"In the Heart of the Church

my Mother, I will be Love"

(St Therese of Lisieux)

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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