Place René Pêtre
7100 Bouvy (La Louvière)
01 January - 31 December
Mon 8.00 - 12.00
Tue 8.00 - 18.30
Wed 8.00 - 12.00
Thu 8.00 - 12.00
Fri 8.00 - 12.00
Sat 8.00 - 12.00
Sun 8.00 - 12.00
Tuesday : 9 am
Sunday : 10 am
Feast of St Anthony (June 13) :
mass : 9 am and 7 pm
Here is a church which is certainly not very old nor with a heritage or furnishings of great value but which is interesting for its originality. It is dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua and on account of this receives numerous visitors from outside the parish.
In 1895 the Catholic world celebrated the seventh centenary of the birth of Saint Anthony in Lisbon. Ursmar Coppin, an editor of Ath, vowed to build with the help of subscribers to “La Charité “ ( a monthly review dedicated to the cult of Saint Anthony) a church devoted to Saint Anthony in a populous site or in a place where prayers were lacking.
The devotion for the saint is still very much alive as many elements in the church indicate: In the choir and its ambulatory is a large recumbent statue of the saint; stained glass windows and bas-relieves depict episodes in his life and along the side walls are hundreds of plaques giving thanks for a prayer granted.
Recent improvements in the interior , the filtered light, the pastel tones of the repainted walls, new furniture for the altar and the lecterns, some statues and the terra cotta Stages of the Cross by a local artisan give a pleasant and welcoming impression.
The exterior has also been recently redone and is verdant with a small lawn and beautiful surrounding trees.
The stained glass windows of the ambulatory recall some legendary episodes in the life of Saint Anthony; to be seen are:
1. The spiritual healing of a young Benedictine.
2. The confession of a sinner
3. The sermon of the fish
7 The mule and the Eucharist
8 A grateful child
9 Pilgrims invoking Saint Anthony
Statues of saints venerated by pilgrims and parishioners are assembled in this chapel, also known as the “chapel of Saint Anthony recumbent.”
The stained glass windows of the axial chapel
4. The infant Jesus appears before Saint Anthony
5. The bread of the poor
6. The Papal advisor.