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.
Category Archives: Community Events
We are delighted to announce that from Monday 5th March until Sunday 11th March Our Lady Immaculate Church, Chelmsford, will house the travelling exhibition on the Holy Shroud of Turin, this includes a full-size replica of the Holy Shroud. This … Continue reading
Hac die, quam fecit Dóminus, Solémnitas solemnitátum, et Pascha nostrum: Resurréctio Salvatóris nostri Jesu Christi secúndum carnem. The Prelate and community of the canonry of Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Philip Benizi, Chelmsford extend to all our friends, relatives … Continue reading
The Canonry is pleased to announce that our confrere, Brother Stephen Morrison O.Praem., will be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on 6th December 2014, St Nicholas’ Day, by our new Bishop of Brentwood, Dr Alan Williams SM. Please support Br … Continue reading
DEO OPTIMO MAXIMO FONTI OMNIPOTENTI GRATIAE ET BENEDICTIONIS FRATRES CANONIAE PRAEMONSTRATENSIS CAESAROMAGI DECADE JAM PERACTA A FUNDATIONE CANONICA GRATIAS DEVOTE AGUNT ET SANCTIS PATRIBUS AUGUSTINO ET NORBERTO SANCTISSIMAQUE VIRGINE MATRE INTERCEDENTIBUS SUPPLICES DOMINUM DEPRECANTUR UT AD SALUTEM ANIMARUM NECNON CONVERSIONEM … Continue reading
Happy New Year to all our readers! May our Holy Fathers Augustine and Norbert pray for you, that 2014 may be a year of many graces and blessings. On Sunday 5th January 2014 at our parish church of Our Lady … Continue reading
Br Stephen was privileged to make his retreat this year on Papa Stronsay, a small monastery island in Orkney. This holy island is home to the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer, a group of religious priests and brothers with … Continue reading
MMXIII 2013 1627 years since the conversion of Our Holy Father Augustine 1583 years since the death of Our Holy Father Augustine 933 years since the birth of Our Holy Father Norbert 920 years since the birth of Blessed Hugh … Continue reading
By kind invitation of the Foyle family members of our community together with over 250 Catholics and others from our parishes and beyond had the joy of celebrating Mass at the former Norbertine abbey of Beeleigh on August 17th. This … Continue reading
Monday 9th July is the memoria of Ss Adrian and James O.Praem, two of the martyrs of Gorcum, about whom we have blogged previously. On this special day when we remember and celebrate two holy Norbertine Canons, and their companions we … Continue reading