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: O.Praem Pictures
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
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
The Prior and community of the canonry of Our Lady of Sorrows and St Philip Benizi, Chelmsford, wish all our family, friends, relatives, benefactors and readers all the blessings of our risen Lord on this Easter Sunday! More photos to … Continue reading
“Indeed many religious men, both bishops and abbots, had advised him in various ways, one suggesting the eremitic life, another that of an anchorite, still another to take up the lifestyle of the Cistercians. But Norbert, whose work and plans … Continue reading
… Just like the ones we used to know! As Winter sets in, we offer you a couple of glorious photo-graphs to warm the heart. This is the late great Abbot Pennings O.Praem., who was Abbot of St Norbert Abbey, … Continue reading
Today we keep the memorial of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the noted Cistercian abbot. Both Bernard and Norbert worked hard for the reform of the Church and the religious life during the twelfth century. The two saints are said to … Continue reading