Christmas at QUARR Abbey

Written by on 20/12/2021

Join us as Fr. Xavier Perrin shares his vocation story and a behind the scenese look at Christmas at QUARR Abbey.

Fr. Xavier Perrin is the abbot of QUARR Abbey.  He studied French Literature at Rennes and History of Art at the Sorbonne before entering the Abbey of St Anne, Kergonan, Brittany in 1980. He made his final vows in Brittany in 1985 and was ordained priest in 1989. Meanwhile he had completed his ecclesiastical studies at the Abbey of Solesmes. He also studied Theology at Fribourg and Munich. In his monastery, he has held the offices of guest master (1990-1993), novice master (1993-2010) and choir master (1996-2013) and subprior from 1991 to 2002 when he was appointed prior. He has also been organist all through his monastic life. Father Xavier has written extensively on the history of his monastery and of the Solesmes Congregation, to which both QUARR and Kergonan belong. He has also written on spirituality, and on Gregorian chant. The first of Father Xavier’s visits to QUARR was as representative of his community at the funeral of Abbot Leo Avery in 1996. For more information on Quarr Abbey visit:

To view the BBC series Heaven Made in which QUARR Abbey is featured as well as Fr. Xavier, you can watch it on iplayer –

Fr. Xavier will be speaking, live, at 11:15am on Wednesday, 22 December, on Radio Maria England.  Listeners will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and questions with Fr. Xavier at 01223 375564.


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