On 22 July 1841, two monks and a lay brother left La Trappe Abbey in « Orne » and settled in Brittany at Timadeuc (Bréhan) in the diocese of Vannes. That is how monastic life was born in this place where we are now.
In the VIth century, under Saint Benedict, Benedictine monasticism was born and it quickly became preeminent thanks to its balance of the human and the spiritual.
Still today, at least in the West, most communities of monks and nuns live according to the Rule of Saint Benedict.
Cistercian life was born at Cîteaux Abbey in Burgundy in 1098 when monks from Benedictine Molesmes Abbey, under the leadership of Saint Robert, decided to return to the purity of the Rule of Saint Benedict. After difficult beginnings, Cîteaux became famous especially thanks to Saint Bernard who died in 1153.
Cistercian monks, like their Benedictine brothers, wanted to get on with the work of the first Desert Fathers. Some chose to live alone, as hermits, like Saint Anthony the Great who lived in Egypt. Others, following Saint Pachomius and Saint Basil, created a form of monasticism which was structured in communities of monks. It is cenobitism which characterizes the monks’ life at Timadeuc.
In fact, monastic life has existed in embryo in ancient Asian religions since men and women decided to stand apart in search of interiority.
We also know that Jesus himself wanted to begin his ministry staying 40 days in the desert where he was led by the Spirit. The Christian monks of today through their life of silence and solitude always like to refer to that experience of Jesus.
While we live that experience here at Timadeuc, we enter a long history which, over centuries, appears to be a patient and persevering research of God, he whose real name is LOVE.