About 10 kilometers south of Saint Gengoux, situated on a hill, lies
the village of Taizé.
This village is known worldwide for its international ecumenical
monastic community established in the middle of the last century by
Roger Schutz, better known as Brother Roger, or Frčre Roger
Frčre Roger, a Protestant of Swiss origin, was convinced that searching
for God "together" to be of primary importance. By "together" he
meant that people of all Christian denominations should not be divided
in their pursuit of God, but should seek reconciliation in this search.
From this conviction the brotherhood of Taizé was born. It is a
monastic community where about one hundred Catholic and Protestant
brothers from thirty countries live and worship together in a strict
The Community of Taizé (Communtauté de Taizé) attracts every year over
100.000, mostly young, visitors from around the world and of all
faiths. They are Catholic, Reformed, Orthodox, evangelical and even
non-believing people. By praying and singing together they search for
God and the peace and tranquility that Brother Roger also sought after.
Visitors usually stay a week or more, sleeping in tents or in
barracks - boys separated from girls. It is not only the fun in
fellowship, but primarily the opportunity for encounter and reflection.
Visitors rotate into a strict rhythm of three daily prayer services
with repetitive meditative singing, a daily Bible study, a daily
discussion group, and an hour of household chores.
Everybody who is interested can participate in one or more of the daily church services - a unique spiritual experience for anyone who is open for it
for more information: www.taize.fr