The abbot Laclotte started with the construction of "Le Couvent". He placed five to six nuns there, including Monique Dagorette, his niece, to cope with the education of the children of parish: catechism, sewing, reading and writing, counting, geography and history are taught there. The chapel had a wooden floor and a large wooden door to allow classes. Children were being taught on the ground floor, while the sisters on the first floor lived in individual cells.
Abbott Laclotte donated the monastery to sister Monique Dagorette in 1891.
The chapel also had a small door outside in the sacristy where the abbot Laclotte performed his mass. In the last years of his life, he cycled all day between the church and the monastery. According to an old resident, many children from the village came to the park near the church during the holiday to swim and eat candy.
With the separation of church and state in 1905 in France, the nuns did no longer have the right to teach the children of the parish and had to return to their Mother Superior in Agen.
Monique Lagrotte then presumably donated the monastery to her cousin Martial Dagorette in Bordeaux and stayed there with two other nuns. A member of the Dagorette family then tried to sell the monastery at a low price to someone who was willing to let the sisters live there until their death (two are buried at the cemetery of Fieux in two unnamed graves).
Jean Richefort heard about the offer in Agen and told his son Marcel. Having a commodity in Paris, Marcel Richefort bought"Le Couvent" in 1912 for his parents. Jean and Anna Richefort settled with two remaining sisters. They had a cart, a donkey, four goats, chickens, rabbits, etc.
Marcel Richefort became mobilized and went to World War I in 1913. His wife Jeanne and their daughter Yvonne stayed in Fieux during the war from '14-'18.
The extended family and other Parisians also resorted to the monastery for a while. Anna and Jean Richefort died. Marcel Richefort, battle-scarred, left Paris and bought an iron trade at Olonzac in the department of Nérault.
When Philippe Senate died, Jeanine sold the monastery to the Parisians Julien and Christine Simon in 2002. They fell in love with the house and the view of the Pyrenees. At the same time, they acquired a part of the lower field with the intention of a small park to be made in the future.
They mainly undertook repairs to the chapel by local craftsmen: roofing, fencing and walls repair, windows repair and placement of a marble floor over a large part of the ground floor.
Julien and Christine Simon sold the monastery to Eric and Sylvie Lantin in 2008 to help their son financially with his business.
We visited Le Couvent again in September, to make sure that it wasn't just a summer love.
After that, we purchased the monastery, so for the first time foreigners became the owners.
The family Van den Bosch-Daneels from Heist-op-den-Berg welcomes you all to Le Couvent in Fieux!
When the infrastructure was completed, my sister in law helped me with the finishing touch to turn Le Couvent into a warm home.