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.
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MMXVII 2017 1631 years since the conversion of Our Holy Father Augustine 1587 years since the death of Our Holy Father Augustine 937 years since the birth of Our Holy Father Norbert 924 years since the birth of Blessed Hugh … 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
Recently our Prior, the Rt. Rev. Fr. Hugh Allan O.Praem. was invited to speak on the power of prayer as part of a series of talks on the Year of Faith given at St. Anselm’s church in Pembury, Kent. Readers … Continue reading
Assumpta est Maria in caelum: gaudent Angeli, laudantes benedicunt Dominum. The Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady is an important feast in our Order. Under the title of her Assumption Our Lady is patron of our abbeys of … Continue reading
In the canonry recently we were privileged to have stay with us John Coats a pilgrim from Boulder, Colorado who is finishing a two-month pilgrimage/cycle ride around the holy sites of England and Scotland. John has been studying education at the University of … Continue reading
It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins. (2 Macc 12:46) It is the custom of our order that at least twice per year, once in November and … Continue reading
The Prior and community of St Philip’s Canonry send our best regards and warmest salutations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates 60 years as monarch. God save the Queen! We all remember with extreme fondness His Holiness’s … Continue reading
Today in the diocese of Brentwood we celebrate the memoria of St. John Houghton – a proto-martyr of the English Reformation. He was born in Essex in 1486 and went up to Cambridge. After his graduation he became a parish … Continue reading