Solesmes Congregation

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The Solesmes Congregation of the Benedictine Confederation was founded in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI as the French Benedictine Congregation, with the then newly reopened monastery of Solesmes Abbey under Dom Prosper Guéranger at its head. The Congregation's first nunnery was St. Cecilia's Abbey, Solesmes, founded in 1866 by Dom Prosper and Madame Cécile Bruyère.

The Congregation uses the pre-conciliar Latin liturgy and focuses particularly on Gregorian chant. One of its abbeys, Santo Domingo de Silos Abbey, temporarily became internationally famous when an album its monks recorded in 1973, Chant, became a huge hit when re-released in 1994, peaking at #3 on the U.S. album charts.

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