St. Columban,one of the pioneersof Western civilizationfrom the sixth century
At the endof the sixth century, the monkColumban,along with12companionsleft his nativeIreland,throughGauland settled in our region, inAnnegray(village ofVoivre), wherehe foundeda monastery.He then retiredto meditatefrequentlyandlunchinthecaveabove thevillage ofSainte-MarieChanois.Afterthe influx ofnovicesin Annegray, Columbancreates a newmonastery atLuxeuil-les-Bains.
Clashed withthe QueenBrunehaut, Columbanwas invited toreturn to Irelandwith his companions.After the sinkingof his boat,he decided to stayin Gaul,andhis journeywill lead himtowardsthe AlpsandLombardyoruntilhe founded hislastmonasteryin Bobbio.He diedin 615.
Three years afterthe death of St.Columban,the monkJonasentered the monasteryofBobbioandhe was askedto write the lifeof St. Columbanto the attention ofother monks.Sobeginsalong journey throughGaul, allowing him tocollect testimoniescompanionsof St. Columban,still alive.
Saint Columban, Saint-Georges church (Faucogney-et-La-Mer)
Today, the association "Les Amis de Saint Colomban"maintainscolumbaniansitesof the BreuchinValley,open to visitorsall year round.
A major Europeanprojectis at work: at the end of 2013, representativesofFrance, Irelandand Italyhave signedthe charter of theassociation "The Colomban Way"for the creation ofa European cultural route.Moreover, the 2015 year will be proclaimed"Year of SaintColumban,"on the occasionof the 14thcentenary of the deathof thisindefatigablemissionary.Stay tuned!
Hiking trail of the monks
Inthe landscape ofthe Vosges Saônoises,the association "Les Amis de Saint Colomban"invites you togo to meetthecolumbaniansites of theBreuchinValley.