Category Archives: Norbertine History

St Bernard of Clairvaux talks about the Norbertines

We have posted before about the great St Bernard of Clairvaux and his friendship with Our Holy Father Norbert. As Vita B says about them: “Faith was the outstanding virtue of Norbert’s life, as Charity had been the hallmark of Bernard of … Continue reading

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Dryburgh Abbey

Recently the Prior and two confreres visited Dryburgh Abbey in Scotland; Dryburgh was home to Adam of Dryburgh (c. 1140 – c. 1212) one of the most prolific British Premonstratensian writers, who became abbot of Dryburgh in 1184. The grounds … Continue reading

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Blessed Hugh

Blessed Hugh was one of St. Norbert’s first disciples and later became first abbot of Prémontré.  Pope Pius XI, a great friend of our Order, confirmed the immemorial cult of Blessed Hugh on July 13, 1927. He was born at Fosses-la-Ville in … Continue reading

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St. Godfrey and St. Gerlac

The 14th January marks two saints who have long been venerated in the Order. The 14th January is now marked as the memorial of St. Godfrey, but in the traditional Premonstratensian Breviary and missal it was marked as the feast … Continue reading

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Visit to Leiston Abbey

Yesterday a number of our confrères were able to visit Leiston abbey in Suffolk. The abbey was originally founded in 1182 at Minsmere (about 4 miles from Leiston) by Ranulf de Glanvill, the Chief Justiciar of England under King Henry II. Ranulf, … Continue reading

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2013

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

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A Premonstratensian Pope

A common question from people who ask about the Norbertines is whether there has ever been a Norbertine Pope (after how to pronounce, “Premonstratensian”), and until recently I had always replied in the negative. However, whilst doing some reading on … Continue reading

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Mass at Beeleigh Abbey

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

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Blessed Gertrude

Today in the calendar of the Order is the memorial of Blessed Gertrude. Gertrude was the daughter of Count Louis of Thuringia and Hesse, and his wife, St. Elizabeth of Hungary. She was dedicated to God from the womb by … Continue reading

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St. Dominic and the Premonstratensians

As we mark the memoria of St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers, we also recall a venerable tradition that holds that St. Dominic was a member of the Premonstratensian Order, specifically that he was a sub-deacon at the … Continue reading

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