The 3 future pillars of the sanctuary
The sanctuary will have 3 pillars: monastery and contemplative life, open sanctuary and pilgrimage and then “contemporary beguinage”. In fact, it is based on the fundamentals of the place at the time of St. Julienne: 1/ Church, Blessed Sacrament, bread, wine with an open and prayerful sanctuary life as well as the making of hosts and the sale of wine, 2/ leprosarium, welcoming the poor, 3/ Complementarity of states of life and beguinage for the revaluation of real estate and 4/ Agriculture and boverie, entrusted to the Clarisse.
The aim of this project is to contribute to the renewal of the city’s eastern gateway in the Amercoeur district. In addition to the monastery of the contemplative Poor Clare’s and the development of a contemporary beguinage, the sanctuary will continue to produce more than 2,000,000 hosts per year for the diocese of Liège and beyond. The medieval chapel where Saint Julian prayed will remain a great spiritual lung in the heart of the city and a small vineyard will be replanted on the hillsides to illustrate the sanctuary’s attachment to the famous celebration of the body – the hosts – the blood – and the wine – of Christ.
This results in 3 pillars:
a] A centre for contemplative life
b] A pilgrimage and the reception
c] A “contemporary beguinage” centre
1 The Monastery, a center for contemplative life
The cornerstone of the project is the foundation of the monastery of the Poor Clare’s of Hannut-Bujumbura, who will animate the spiritual life of Cornillon, produce the famous hosts, and also develop small livestock and culture. They will receive the traditional eggs offered to St. Clare.”
2 The sanctuary, a pilgrimage and the reception
The objective would be to revitalize the spiritual life of the place and promote the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, in particular through group visits, school visits and a museum on the theme of consecrated bread and wine. This center will develop the reception and animation of the sanctuary of Saint Julienne. A small hostel with 4 rooms will welcome pilgrims and also hikers on the Way of Santiago de Compostela or the Via Mosana. Special attention will be given to the poor people of the district and the city so that they can pray and feel welcomed in this church. Finally, a group reception is also planned to participate in spiritual animation or visits of children who are preparing for their first communion, for example. A didactic space or museum will be created with showcases, objects and didactic panels on the history of Saint Julienne and on the feast of Corpus Christi in the world.
3 The Life of the laity, a contemporary beguinage center
The objective is to allow people to live in a place of serenity and prayer. The sanctuary will develop a new contemporary beguinage, a real estate project that will contribute to the revitalization of the Amercoeur and Chartreuse districts. Liege is one of the cradles of the beguinages, attested since 1173 and initiated by the Liège priest Lambert of Bégue, below Saint-Martin and near the current boulevard of the Sauvenière. The real estate represents 8 housing units for, each time, between 1 and 4 inhabitants, making it possible to accommodate a total of about 18 inhabitants. The preferred criterion would be tenants, mainly lay people, who adhere to the project and the spirit of a contemporary beguinage with great autonomy..
The sanctuary, originally isolated as a leprosarium, is integrated into the urban fabric and extends over one hectare on rue de Robermont 2 in 4020 Liège. It is located at the foot of the Robermont coast, very well served by bus. A junction between the Amercoeur districts of the Chartreuse, it is adjacent to the church of Saint Remacle, the oldest on the right bank. The new MRS of the Chartreuse located on the plateau above Mont Cornillon is already invigorating the district.
Particularly easy access by public transport :
The space of the sanctuary
This map illustrates the 1.2 Ha estate on the side of the eastern slopes of the city of Liège. The yellow perimeter is the boundary of the estate and the upper part is the “monastery of the Clarisse” with vegetable gardens, breeding pens and cloisters. The famous medieval chapel “Ch” is the center of gravity of the complex. The contemporary beguinage (from “P” to “B2”) will be straight in the axis perpendicular to the slopes.
The Key :
P : Gate mans house
Co : Care takers house
Ht : Hostels
J1 : Recreation garden in front
J2 : Recreation garden with streets and vegetable garden
Hs : Host workshop, which occupies other storage and cutting facilities
B1 & B2: Béguinage with 8 Rental(Housing) units
Ch : Chapel of the Middle Ages
M : Monastery
Cl : Cloister & indoor garden
B : Boverie for animal farm
Mt : Mount Cornillon, sloping towards the monastery