A Tour of the Madonna House Training Centre

A Tour of the Madonna House Training Centre

Photo: Towel and waterWelcome! Here, we would like to take you — with the aid of photographs and the writings of our foundress — on a virtual tour around our little community in the village of Combermere, Ontario, Canada.

Click here to begin the tour.

Jesus tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them... he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord — and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.... If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” (John 13:3–17)


  1. The beginning; Catherine & Eddie, bridges and cabins
  2. The island chapel and Our Lady of Combermere
  3. Our main dining room and library
  4. Praying with the work of our hands
  5. Doing little things well for for the love of God
  6. We are beggars for the Lord
  7. Our library and books
  8. Our kitchen and cooks
  9. Office work and St. Mary's
  10. The song of the cleaning materials
  11. The laundry is a school of love
  12. Manual labour is holy
  13. Farming at St. Benedict Acres
  14. Maintenance work and machine shop
  15. Artists, artwork and handicrafts
  16. Our schola, music, and recreation
  17. The gift shop, book shop, and museum
  18. Vianney House, the priesthood, and our archives
  19. Poustinia
  20. The end of the tour

Related publications

CoverMadonna House: The People of the Towel & Water DVD Video

This professionally produced film serves as an wonderful introduction to Madonna House spirituality.


PDF Madonna House Pamphlet (PDF, 903 KB)
— a printable pamphlet with information about the Madonna House Apostolate.

Madonna House - A Training Centre for the Lay Apostolate