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: Norbertine History
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
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
A full report on the beatification of Blessed Pierre-Adrien Toulorge will follow upon our return from Mondaye. In the meantime please enjoy the video of the ceremony below – and be sure to recommend your intentions to our newest beatus … Continue reading
We have written previously about Ven. Peter-Adrian Toulorge and his impending beatification, and we are pleased to announce that in the last few hours Ven. Peter-Toulorge O.Praem, martyr of the French Revolution, was beatified in the cathedral of the diocese of Coutances … Continue reading
We are pleased to announce that a new publication on the life, witness and martyrdom of Fr. Pierre-Adrien Toulorge o.praem. is now available from the postulator of our Order. Click here to read “Pierre-Adrien Toulorge: A Premonstratensian with Backbone” (PDF, … Continue reading
The arrangements for the festivities surrounding the beatification of Fr. Pierre-Adrien Tourlorge o.praem in April can be found below Friday, April 27, 2012: Abbey of Mondaye, 8:00/8:30 p.m.: Welcome by Abbot General Thomas Handgrätinger, lecture by Dominique-Marie Dauzet (Mondaye) and presentation of … Continue reading
With the kind permission of the Abbey of Saint Joseph de Clairval we are able to produce here a very fine life of Father Peter-Adrian (Pierre-Adrien) Tourlorge o.praem. who will be beatified next month. Autumn 1793. The French Revolution had entered … Continue reading