The Congregation of Our Lady of the Retreat in the Cenacle began in 1826 in a small French village of LaLouvesc, among people whose faith had been deeply disturbed by the revolution. The founders, Fr. Stephen Terme and St. Therese Couderc, were filled with compelling love for Jesus Christ and tried to find the best means of making him better known and loved.
The Cenacle Sisters are a Congregation of women who have responded to a call to follow Jesus Christ , living in community and sharing a common vision. Prayer is at the center of their lives. The mystery of the Cenacle in the Acts of the Apostles at Pentecost expresses their mission in the Church and the significance in their spirituality of Mary who waited with the apostles for the coming of the Spirit.
The Cenacle Sisters give retreats and spirtual direction. They also offer prayer enrollment cards and folders (Mass cards) for all occasions, that are custom-inscribed in gold ink by Cenacle calligraphers.