The sisters of the blessed Sacrement of Valence (France) are implanted in France
The French origins of the Religious of the Blessed Sacrament go back to 1715 and are part of a Vivarais deeply divided between a Protestantism for which there is growing intolerance since the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and a Catholicism, carried along on the tide of the Counter-Reformation. The seven "first Sisters”, founders of the Institute are followed by many others. At the death of Peter Vigne (1740) they number one hundred caring for 19 establishments.

In 1787, when the Royal Patent Letters finally conferred on the Congregation a legal civil existence, 39 groups were established in a small section of the South-East of France (Ardèche, Drôme, Lozère, Isėre, Vaucluse, Gard, Bouches-du Rhône).

The turbulent French Revolution brutally dispersed the Sisters. However, in 1795, the civil authorities invited the Sisters who were nurses to resume their services once more at the bedsides of those who were sick in the hospitals (often soldiers!). In 1804, a new re-birth is experienced when the Congregation re-assembles (600 recruits in 1865 and almost 800 in 1880) with the acquisition and transfer of an old monastery in Romans to become the second Mother House of the "Religious of the Blessed Sacrament of Romans”
A new cyclone strikes in 1901 when, due to the enforcement of the laws separating Church and State the Sisters are expelled from 56 schools and hospitals. After the confiscation of Romans, there was a new exodus in the direction of Valence (1906) where many sisters were welcomed, who, on refusing to be secularised were deprived of the possibility of assuring any mission. Switzerland, Monaco and Belgium were merely embryonic responses to the powerful missionary thrust and energy that sprang up.......The epic exodus to Brazil can now begin!

Today, the eight French communities have regained their initial Rhodanien roots (Rhône valley) enlarged by the two communities, Nice and Dombasle (Meurthe et Moselle), where they exercise their mission in education and care, in accord with current human resources, the missionary needs of the Dioceses, and in keeping with the health care and social policies of the French State.

Maison de Retraite St Charles
30, rue Collot

Supérieure Régionale et Communauté de la Maison-Mère

113, avenue Victor Hugo
26000 – VALENCE

Communauté des Bruyères
7, allée Claude Monet

Communauté de Saint Victor
3, rue de la Cécile
26000 – VALENCE

Collège et Lycée Saint Victor
Site :

Clos Ste Emérentienne
Quartier des Arnauds
26100 – ROMANS

Maison Pierre Vigne

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Linked to each blazon, you can discover the origins of the current mission of the sacramentine community in that place, as well as links to other sites that share the same missionary and evangelisation activities.

Communauté d'Alixan
17 boulevard Quiot
26300 - ALIXAN

Communauté d'Emmaüs
145 avenue Victor Hugo
26000 – VALENCE

Linked to each blazon, you will discover the origins and current role of sacramentine community in this location, as well as links to friends who share their missionary activity and evangelization.