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
Father Rupert celebrated his first Mass on the morning of the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Mass, celebrated according to the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, was accompanied by the parish choir, directed by … Continue reading
On 7th September, the eve of Our Lady’s Nativity, His Eminence Cormac Cardinal Murphy O’Connor ordained our brother, Fr. Rupert, to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ. The ordination was well attended! We were joined by Norbertine confreres from Leffe (with … Continue reading
Yesterday, with great joy, we celebrated the ordination of our brother, Father Rupert Allen, who was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ by His Eminence Cormac Cardinal Murphy O’Connor. Today, on the feast of the Nativity of the … 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
We are pleased to be able to offer a few photographs of our recent 40 hours of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. With thanks to all who came and to all who helped make this such a memorable and grace-filled … Continue reading