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In 1902, in response to the anticlerical movement in France, the parish priest (Father Marcel‑François Richard) of Rogersville, invited the Cistercian monks of the Abbey of Our Lady of Bonnecombe, in the diocese of Rodez and Vabres, Aveyron, France, to establish a refuge at Rogersville. Father Richard donated a large piece of land, including a few buildings, to the monks. The founding monks (Dom Antoine Piana (1859‑1938), superior; Father Jean Laguet (1868‑1916); Brother Marcellin Maillebuau (1867‑1944); Brother Paul Ratier (1872‑1927); Brother Raphaël Boudet (born in 1871); and Brother Hippolyte Bru (1884‑1954)) arrived in October 1902.
In 1903 the monastery was incorporated by an Act of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick under the name The Model Farm and Agricultural School of Rogersville, N.B.
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