What is your role in Le Grand Relèvement?
As Chairman of the support committee, I am first and foremost its driving force; The committee brings together personalities with a wide range of talents and skills in a convivial atmosphere; They all admired the enthusiasm and benefits created by the canons for the growing number of faithful; As a result, every member of the Committee is convinced of the need to increase the Abbey’s capacity;
On a personal level, how did you get involved in this project?
I’ve been accompanying the Canons since 2004, ever since they moved into this magnificent but run-down abbey… The warm sincerity of their contact and spirituality not only attracts many visitors, but also creates vocations! I’ve seen the community double in size; I was thrilled to respond positively to their call to get involved in this new project, which meets such a vital need; Of course, continuing to restore this magnificent historic abbey is a great cause; But putting it at the service of a great human cause is even more engaging;
Today, how many people have joined the support committee?
In just a few months, 7 people have already shared their desire to get involved in this process; They have agreed to join the committee for the 5 years of its existence;
Why have these people chosen to join him?
Most of them have some knowledge of the abbey; Above all, they embrace the spirit of this community and understand the benefits it brings to so many people in need of support and guidance;
Do they play an active role? Are they ambassadors?
They are actively involved in explaining the project and making the Lagrasse Abbey community aware of its values; They invite donors to donate their generosity to this great human and spiritual cause;
How much do you hope to raise with this committee?
It is unthinkable that such a wonderful project, which meets so many human and historical needs, could not come to fruition; The entire restoration project will cost €4.5 million over several years;
Summarize Le Grand Relèvement in one word…
Welcoming with joy and hope;