Order of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
|Abbreviation||Order of the Annunciation (O.Ann.M.)|
|Type||Roman Catholic religious order|
The Order of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Latin: Ordo de Annuntiatione Beatæ Mariæ Virginis), also known as Sisters of the Annunciation, is a Roman Catholic religious order of contemplative nuns formed in honour of the Annunciation at Bourges by Saint Joan of France in 1501.
In 1501 Joan of Valois, the Duchess of Berry, founded the catholic religious order since, in her own words, "on earth, each of us, well knowing our own deficiencies, must even so conform to the life of the Virgin Mary, to the honor of God and the health of the world". She headed the order and it was approved by Pope Urban VI in 1502. She gained so much help in founding the community from her confessor, Father Gabriel-Maria (c.1462 - 27 August 1532), a Franciscan monk, that he is sometimes considered its co-founder.
It currently has five monasteries in France and two abroad:
- Monastery of Brucourt (Calvados)
- Monastery of Thiais (Val-de-Marne)
- Monastery of Saint-Doulchard, near Bourges (Cher), since 16 June 1988 the monastery has housed 8 sisters of Thiais
- Monastery of Villeneuve-sur-Lot (Lot-et-Garonne)
- Monastery of Peyruis (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), now transferred to Alajuela (Costa Rica)
- Monastery of Menton (Alpes-Maritimes) since 2000.
- Monastery of Westmalle (Belgium)