The Tyburn Nuns have bought the house in France where their foundress, Mother Marie Adèle Garnier, was born in 1838.

The purchase of the property in Grancey-le-Château, Burgundy, in the Archdiocese of Dijon, was completed just months after the Cause for the canonisation of Mother Marie Adèle was opened.

The nuns, whose mother house in London is sited yards from the spot where more than 100 Catholics were martyred during the Reformation, intend to install a chapel inside the house and to turn the property into a centre for pilgrimage.

The nuns also plan to found a museum and information centre dedicated to the life of Mother Marie Adèle at the site and to convert a large part of the house for use as a small conference and retreat centre for day groups and overnight guests.

The Cause of Mother Marie Adèle was opened on December 3, 2016 by Bishop Joseph de Metz-Noblat of Langres, France, at a ceremony in the Convent of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, a monastery of the Tyburn Nuns within his diocese at St-Loup-sur-Aujon, just 20 miles from Grancey.

The first contract for the purchase of the house, which had previously been used as a police station and most recently as a tourist information office, was signed on March 8.

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