The Teilhard de Chardin Center project is led jointly by four dioceses of the Île de France Paris metropolitan region (Evry Corbeil-Essonnes, Paris, Nanterre and Versailles) and the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) of French-speaking Western Europe.
The first step in this project was the acquisition of the site, accomplished jointly by these five partners.
The construction of the building, its furnishing, and its operation will be carried out through the private philanthropy of individual donors and businesses.
The five founding sponsors have selected the Montcheuil Foundation to receive donations and contributions for the Center.
«“This concentration of key players in the scientific and technological world of today and tomorrow is a great challenge and opportunity for us to think about and decide now a presence for the Church.”
Bishop Michel Pansard, Diocèse of Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes
“The Teilhard de Chardin Centre is deeply in line with the apostolic intuitions of the Society of Jesus: a presence among students, teachers and researchers, not in a disembodied way, or on the simple model of a chaplaincy, but well articulated in different ways to the realities and questions that work for our contemporaries, particularly in the field of science and technology. A place called to be a place of life, of crossing, of exchanges, of celebrations. »
Fr. François Boëdec, Provincial of the Jesuits of French-speaking Western Europe
«Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote in Human Energy that ‘there is never, concretely, just physical matter and the Spirit. Rather, there only exists matter that is becoming the Spirit.’ With the arrival of the Grandes Écoles (premier French universities) on the Saclay Plateau, it made sense strategically for the dioceses of the Île-de-France Paris metropolitan region to propose to students and to families a spiritual center of reflection and formation in the spirit of this Jesuit priest who was, at the same time, seeker, paleontologist, theologian, and philosopher. »
Bishop Éric Aumonier, Diocese of Versailles
«I hope that the Teilhard de Chardin Center will be in the image of its namesake, a courageous man and priest who created links between the most diverse disciplines to bring meaning to the links between science and faith within the unity of Christ our Savior . “
Archbishop Michel Aupetit, Archdiocese of Paris
In the district of La Défense (the financial and business district of Paris) we know our experience at Notre-Dame de Pentecôte (Our Lady of Pentecost), a place of great spiritual resources and reflection in the heart of the biggest business district in Europe. From the Teilhard de Chardin Center to the House of the Church [Maison d’Église] in Saint-Denis, passing by way of Notre-Dame de Pentecôte and the Bernardin College, we are witnessing a remarkably innovative network for the spiritual life and ethical discernment that is in the processing of being formed.
What a grace to participate in such an adventure at the threshold of the 21st century !”
Bishop Matthieu Rougé, Diocèse of Nanterre