The “Shrine Team”

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L'équipe du sanctuaire

Meet a great bunch of people working (almost) behind the scene at the shrine of Montligeon : dedicated to offering pilgrims the best of stays so to enable them to find a true place of respite, comfort and solace. They endeavour to help our hosts take time and deepen their relation with God. Workforce review!

Spiritual facilitation

Thanks to the Nuns of the New Convenant  Sœurs de la Nouvelle Alliance, and to the  priests of Communauté Saint Martin (St. Martin’s community) available on a daily basis at the Shrine, you may partake in daily Mass, Morning or Evening Prayers, go to confession,  or be received for counseling.  They compile the varied spiritual activity program which is on avail throughout the year.

De gauche à droite : Vianney Laloux (séminariste), don François Kluczynski (chapelain), don Pierre Gazeau (chapelain), don Guillaume d'Anselme (chapelain), don Paul Denizot (recteur), don Martin Viviès (chapelain), don Thomas Lapenne (chapelain).
Meet the new team of chaplains at the shrine of Montligeon ministering as from Sept. 2022 (from left to right) : don Axel de Perthuis (chaplain), don Pierre Gazeau (chaplain), don Paul Denizot (rector), don Thomas Lapenne (chaplain), Augustin Pagès (seminarian).

Don Paul
Denizot, rector

Don Pierre

Don Thomas

Rev. Fr. (don) Paul Denizot trained as an engineer; was ordained a priest of the Community of Saint Martin in 2009; holds a a canonical license in theology at the Institut Saint Thomas d’Aquin (Toulouse, France); was appointed rector of the shrine of Our Lady of Montligeon in 2018; and also teaches dogmatic theology at the Evron (France) formation house of the community of Saint Martin.

Don Axel
de Perthuis

Rev. Fr. (don) Axel de Perthuis was ordained in June 2022; he begins his ministry as chaplain of the shrine of Our Lady of Montligeon. Prior to becoming a seminarian, he fulfilled his studies at the famous Ecole Polytechnique. Native of Paris outskirts.

Rev. Fr. (don) Pierre Gazeau is chaplain of the shrine of Our Lady of Montligeon. He used to serve at of the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes; and was vicar of the parish of Cellettes, in Sologne.

Augustin Pagès, seminarian

Augustin Pagès, seminarian with the Community of Saint Martin in 2019, is a native of Dijon, France. He studied for two years at the French National Navy Lycée Naval in Brest, Brittany, and then joined the Community of St Martin training center.
Priest of the Community of Saint Martin since 1998, Rev. Fr (don) Thomas Lapenne is a doctor of philosophy. After several years in Italy (Genoa and Rome), he was appointed as chaplain of the shrine of Our Lady of Montligeon in 2021. He is a teacher at the seminary of the community of Saint Martin in Evron (France).
Rev. Fr. (don) Axel de Perthuis, recently appointed at the shrine chaplaincy.
The basilica of Our Lady of Montligeon, dedicated to “Our Lady of Deliverance of the Poor Souls” is a pilgrimage church, and a shrine devoted to the prayer for the deceased. It locates in the village of La Chapelle-Montligeon, in the Perche region of Normandy.

At the shrine of Montligeon employees and volunteers are eager to offer pilgrims the best of stays so to enable them to find a true place of respite, comfort and solace. They endeavour to help our hosts take time and deepen their relation with God. Workforce review!


They most generously give time to Montligeon. You might encounter them assisting at the shop, the reception desk or the secretariats, or flowering the basilica and sometimes even transporting pilgrims to or from the train station! Should you wish to join them, do not hesitate a minute, you will not regret it!


The ladies at the desk will help you organise your sojourn and take care of you during your stay, helping you with your requests or enquiries, and the forth coming activities.

Religious store

Want to bring home a Montligeon souvenir? Visit our religious bookstore and check on monastic and local crafts, find a postcard or  literature life after death,  lectures on CDs or baptismal gifts;  the Boutique crew will even help you choose, if you ask them!  While at the shrine, get one of the chaplains to bless your gifts.


The shrine employs over thirty employees, and thus, it obviously requires “earthly” management to ensure proper functioning, of both material and human resources, that entails regulation and organization of its various units like accounting for paychecks, for example.

Public Relation Department

Found a poster of the shrine for your local church, an insert in your favourite magazine, or on your Facebook wall, or the shrine fund-raising newsletter in your mailbox? Seek no more,  just part of the numerous creations of  the shrine P.R. Team!

The various services

The ladies on the ground-floor office pool their time and efforts to answer your mails,  register your enrollees to the Montligeon Fraternity, ( enroll in Montligeon Fraternity), deal with your Mass requests, or subscriptions to the shrine journal ; whilst at the rector’s office, two staff members deal with his personal agenda, or assist him with preparing his conferences and missions at international level!

The Montligeon Prayer Groups office

Need to find out about the nearest MPG? Or on how to set one up? Montligeon Prayer Groups Contact Nathalie, she is at your disposal!

Catering facilities

Guess who is behind the great meals that you will enjoy at the shrine? Or behind the friendly crew serving in its dining rooms? Answer: our cooks and table service brigade, of course!

Cleaning and maintenance

From clean crispy bed linen, spotless floors and bathrooms, to working bedside lamps, our cleaning and maintenance crews are at your service!

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