Recently we received a visit from Fr. Schofield, a noted Catholic author and historian, together with James Kelly of The Universe and Catholic Times (and a parishioner here in Chelmsford!). Fr. Schofield has recently published a work on “The English Vicars Apostolic 1688-1850” together with Fr. Gerard Skinner. The book, which is published by Family Publications “describes the dramatic Church history from the exile of King James II to the restoration of the Hierarchy in 1850. During this little-known period, the Catholic Church in England and Wales was led by Vicars Apostolic: local missionary bishops with authority from Rome. The authors describe the many difficulties and conflicts of the period: between fellow bishops, between secular and religious clergy, between the bishops and the old Catholic aristocracy, and the long struggle to preserve the Church from state interference. As the Church slowly emerged from persecution, we see it become more self-confident, working for tolerance for Catholics and benefiting from the change in political climate. From the late-Stuart era of bishops in wigs and frock-coats, we arrive at the bishops of the Industrial Revolution ministering to a rapidly growing Church. Covering each District of the country and each Vicar Apostolic, the book provides an intimate portrait of the towering figures of bishops like Richard Challoner, John Milner, Thomas Walsh, and many others.”
Our Holy Father Norbert
Norbertines of St Philip’s Priory, Chelmsford
"Live together in harmony, and be of one mind and one heart on the way to God" (Rule 1.2)
The Canons Regular of Prémontré were founded by St. Norbert at Prémontré, France on Christmas Day, 1120.
By God's grace, we live the canonical life based upon the ancient Rule of St Augustine (written around 400). At the heart of our way of life is a devotion to prayer and contemplation, which nourishes our various apostolic works in the world. There are five pillars to our Norbertine way of life that our holy father Norbert bequeathed to us:
- The praise of Almighty God in the sacred liturgy
- A zeal for souls
- A life of penance
- Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament
- Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially her Immaculate Conception
The Order arrived in England in 1138, until the suppression of the monasteries in the Reformation. By then, there were 38 houses (both male and female) in the British Isles. Expelled from these islands for over three centuries, we returned in 1872 and founded several missions.
Our own canonry became independent in 2004, and we established our home in Chelmsford in 2006.
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Prayer for vocations to our Order
Almighty Father, raise up abundant and holy vocations to the Order of Prémontré.
Send us good and holy souls who will keep the Faith alive and guard the blessed memory of Our Holy Fathers Augustine and Norbert.
Send us ardent yet gentle men who through the preaching of Christ’s word and the administration of the Sacraments may continually renew your faithful.
Grant us holy ministers of your altar who will be careful and fervent guardians of the Eucharist; lifting high the Blessed Sacrament above all the errors and miseries of the world. Amen.