About Us


Our Spirituality

The Cenacle’s spirituality is inspired by the actual experiences of the Disciples who, seized by the power of the Holy Spirit, guided the first Christian communities. The signs and the prodigies performed by the Apostles are reflected today in the healings of the soul, of the heart and of the body, especially during Agapetherapy sessions and during spiritual weekend experiences.

Château 1900

The castle was built in 1900

Capusins 1942

The novitiate of the Capuchins began in 1942


Founded in 1980, the Cenacle’s mission is to renew hearts and souls through Agapetherapy, to fashion Christians convinced of their faith, and to develop leaders of prayer groups and witnesses in today’s world.


Since its inception, the Cenacle has aimed to offer

  • A renewed form of prayer
  • A spiritual life inspired by the Holy Spirit
  • A real encounter with the Lord
  • An internal freedom characterized by the discovery of God
  • A fraternal life experience akin to the experience of the Apostles

Refer to the section The Cenacle 1980-2005 in our gallery of photos and videos to view the complete history of the Cenacle, House of Prayer.

Fondateurs du Cénacle

The Cenacle House of Prayer was founded in 1980
Yolande Bouchard r.i.j., Émile Lebel cap., Madeleine Gendron r.i.j., and Marc Picard cap., are the founders of the Cenacle

The one who has begun to hear the voice of the Lord and to experience a personal encounter with Christ the Savior, sees his life rejuvenated. The Lord tells us: "Ephata," that is, “Open-up”, open yourself to the grace of the Holy Spirit. To trust is not easy and yet the mission of the Cenacle for the past 35 years allows the people who come to descend fearlessly in the depths of their history; they regain self-confidence, in God and in others, in Life and in our Mission. With an experienced team of prayerful lay people, the Cenacle offers the reconciliation of the whole person through teaching, listening and personalized accompaniment. “Come down for today, I must stay at your house”, says Jesus to all those Zacchaeus’.

+ Denis Grondin, Archbishop of Rimouski (2015 -)