Priestly days, annual retreat or short stay in a free program to escape from the pastoral marathon, the sanctuary of Lisieux is a place of renewal for priests and religious who want to take a breather, enjoy some calm time in the heart of the Pays d'Auge and recharge their batteries spiritually with Saint Thérèse, in order to better return to their mission.

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“What Thérèse came to do at Carmel, she declared at the feet of Jesus-Hostie, in the examination which preceded her profession: “I came to save souls and above all to pray for the priests.” (MsA, 71v). This is why I want to make the Sanctuary of Lisieux a place of healing for priests.”

Father Emmanuel Schwab, rector

1. Priestly day: the priest’s spi weekend

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Offices, short lessons, mass, adoration and reconciliation, rest and stroll, lunch, friendly aperitif: a very flexible program to better accommodate you from Sunday to Monday.


  • Free arrival from 17:00 p.m. at Maison Saint-Jean
  • Free time
  • 18:30 p.m. Friendly aperitif
  • 19:30 p.m. Buffet dinner (possibility of dining until 23:00 p.m.)
  • 21:00 p.m. Compline


  • 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.: Free breakfast
  • 9:15 a.m.: Lauds followed by a talk by the rector based on a writing by Saint Thérèse
  • Exhibition of the Blessed Sacrament
  • 12h15: Lunch
  • 17:00 p.m.: Vespers
  • Free departure after vespers or Tuesday morning

Possible mass times

  • 8:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at Carmel
  • 15:30 p.m. at the Basilica

Calendar of priestly days

  • 23-24 June 2024
  • September 15-16, 2024
  • 13-14 October 2024
  • 17-18 2024 November
  • 1-2 december 2024
  • January 12-13, 2025 (restricted capacity due to the closure of reception centers)
  • February 9-10, 2025
  • 16-17 March 2025
  • Special day Easter Monday April 21, 2025 with visit to the Cerza animal park
  • 27-28 April 2025
  • 25-26-May 2025
  • 22-23 June 2025

Accommodation & prices

In a single room with bathrooms at the Ermitage, 650 m from Lisieux station

  • €60 per person for a Monday departure at the end of the day
  • €90 per person for a Tuesday morning departure

A gift for our priests?

Offer a priestly day to your priests! How ? By encouraging them to take 48 hours for themselves with Saint Thérèse and by covering their participation costs.


By email at the latest 48 hours before :

To be specified at the time of registration:

  • You register for “Priestly Day”.
  • Possible meeting with a Carmelite for a private interview on Monday.
  • Possible meeting with a chaplain or a lay person
  • Possibility of staying overnight Monday evening and leaving Tuesday after breakfast

2. Priestly retreat

From Sunday February 23 to Saturday March 1, 2025

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An annual retreat preached by Father Emmanuel Schwab, rector of the Sanctuary of Lisieux, and Father Loys de Saint-Chamas (ndv), titular chaplain, on the theme “My hope is so great”.

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3. Welcome all year round, free program

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All year round, it is possible to come and rest for a few hours or a few days: you will be offered a room and you can have your meals, either at the Maison Saint-Jean or at the Hermitage. You can stay in Lisieux, in the shadow of Carmel, at the pace you need.

Information & Reservations: Contact the rector