Last week Br. Rupert was able to join other simply professed members of our Order at Adunatio 2010. This meeting provided opportunity for the younger members of our Order to meet and reflect together on Premonstratensian life. The meeting was based at the abbey of Tongerlo in Belgium. There the juniours attended conferences on the priesthood and religious life, together with opportunities to discuss the subjects raised. During the week there were also visits to the abbeys of Averbode and Postel where the canonries provided wonderful hospitality and also a glimpse into their own life and work. The group also visited Antwerp – the site of St. Norbert’s peaching against the heretic Tanchelm and were given a talk on devotion to Our Holy Father in that city. May Our Holy Fathers Augustine and Norbert pray for a continued growth in vocations to our Order and communities so that we may always be able to bear witness to the lives they lived and the teachings they taught.
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.