Mater Admirabilis Chapel

the sisters of the Sacred Heart

In 1828, the site of Trinité-des-Monts was entrusted to a new community of that time, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a teaching congregation founded by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barrat. 

Pauline Perdreau

To welcome the Virgin Mary into the convent was the wish of the young “novice” Pauline Perdreau. In the middle of the 19th century, she painted the “Mater Admirabilis” mural, in one of the corridors of the convent where the sisters of the Sacred Heart lived at that time.

Mater Admirabilis

Pope Pius IX, on visiting the convent recognised this fresco and gave the authorisation to change the corridor into a chapel. Since then, many people come to pray with Mater Admirabilis, and we have seen many graces given to the pilgrims through their prayers here.

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The Chapel of Mater Admirabilis is opened for visits on weekdays from 9am to 7pm, and on weekends from 10am to 4pm. It can be accessed by the convent gate.In july and august, Mater admirabilis is open from 9 AM to 3.30 PM from monday to saturday.

Prayer to Mater Admirabilis

Mother Most Admirable,
Guardian of our interior life, 
we come to ask you to detach us, 
to loosen our grasp on visible things 
and lead us back to the Invisible which your eyes behold:

The invisible presence
The invisible life
The invisible action
The invisible love
All these realities of faith which are, for us, eternal values.

When we are preoccupied in the activity of the visible, 
keep us in the light of the unseen, 
and make us strong as though we beheld the invisible. 
Give us, we ask, a hunger and thirst for the essential.