MEP in Paris

Discerning my vocation

St Théophane Vénard Home : one year of spiritual foundation

At Saint Théophane Vénard Home, two options are proposed: a vocational home, to live a year of discernment while pursuing studies or a professional activity, or a year of spiritual foundation, which is a full-time engagement, in view of entering the seminary the following year. The year is built around three pillars:

• Life in community and brotherhood

• Life of prayer

• Christian formation


Fraternal life

In the same home, young residents form a fraternity in their daily life. Community life, activities, sports, and outings compose this year of discernment. In the mids of the MEP, they participate in the life of a house which has seen over 4000 missionaries leave over 360 years. They share a part of missionaries daily life, but also of those missionaries about to leave for missions and MEP seminarians. They also meet a numbe of Asian priests living at MEP during their theological studies.


Life of prayer

The days are marked by prayer. The daily mass, the liturgy of Hours and adorations allow for a time to be face to faces with Christ, to develop a relation with the Father and be conscious of the action of the Holy Spirit. The setting that MEP offers, especially with the garden, a haven of peace in the heart of Paris, favors personal prayer, and the daily lectio divina. A life of regular prayer and the encounter with God through his Word allows a personal tie with Jesus and allows us to listen to Him. Three sessions outside are planned during the year, one on the lectio divina, a second on prayer, and finally, in May, a retreat for choice of life.


Christian formation

This year is designed as a year of human and spiritual formation. A series of lessons and conferences given by missionaries, but also the religious and outside sources allow for a foundation of Christian life and strengthening of one’s faith. One month spent in Arche community is proposed during the year, in service of physically disabled persons. The formation also allows for an opening on MEP missions, in Asia and Indian Ocean, and the possibility of a missionary experiment in Asia.

Oriented towards discernment, it is a year of spiritual foundation, so that each young person may deepen his vocation as a human and baptized person, learn to put God at the center of his life, and become a missionary disciple.


Who to contact?

Father Bernard de Terves, MEP, is responsible for meeting any person who wishes to know more about joining priesthood.

Père Bernard de Terves

01 44 39 10 40


Patricia Crouan

01 44 39 10 40


Prayer for missionary vocations


“Father, you wanted MEP Society to work fort he evangelization of Asia and Indian Ocean.

Create numerous vocations for MEP to announce your Son Jesus through preaching the Word and celebrating sacraments, through which you continually renew your children.

Call those who will be the ministers of your mercy, to answer the joy of your pardon.

Give us seminarians who are attentive to the numerous inspirations of the Spirit and your Son, attentive to your teachings.

Support MEP priests so that they may faithfully fulfill their mission in the service of the Gospel.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord.


Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for us!

Holy MEP Martyrs pray for us!”