The Orthodox Monastery of Cantauque was founded in 2002 by monks returning to France after a 20-year stay in the Holy Land. The monastery is situated on a large domain of farmland and forests about 30 kilometres from the town of Carcassonne in south-eastern France. The Monastery of the Theotokos and Saint Martin is within the Romanian Orthodox Church, under the omophor of Bp. Joseph Pop, Metropolitan Archbishop for Western and Southern Europe.
This monastic community follows the traditional orthodox monastic rule. Church services are in French and the music style is psaltic (Greek-Byzantine).
The Monastery has initiated the adaptation of this style of Orthodox music
to the French language. The Monastery has also translated the Divine Liturgies
of both Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Basil the Great.