This year, Daylesford Abbey and Norbertine Abbeys around the world celebrate our 900th year as a Catholic religious order. The Norbertines are the 5th oldest surviving religious communities within the Catholic Church, founded by St. Norbert of Xanten in 1120.
As Norbertines, we live together in community, leading a simple, common life (in communio) and practice communal prayer everyday. Each Norbertine takes a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience and lives together in Abbeys across continents. We are called to spread the Word of God, bring peace to our community and help others find healing and reconciliation within ourselves, among others and with God.
To celebrate our 900th year, we will be highlighting Norbertines, also called Canons Regular of Prémontré, who have been canonized or beatified. In the last 900 years, our fellow Norbertines heard their call from God and dedicated their lives to fulfilling the Norbertine way of life. The example of these saints and blesseds is an example for us today.
As a child of God we are called to a particular vocation. The vocation of the Norbertines has been vital for the Catholic church for 900 years. As we celebrate our 900th anniversary, we invite men to consider a vocation to the Catholic priesthood and to Norbertines. The stories of Norbertine saints and blesseds can inspire men today to commit to a life of contemplation, prayer and community while serving the Church by bringing healing and reconciliation.