Shalom World recently interviewed Abbot Domenic Rossi, O. Praem. about his vocation journey. The video, which can be found by clicking here recounts his early calling to the priesthood and his journey as a Norbertine priest.
Abbot Domenic reflects on that initial calling. He recalled a dream as a young child and hearing God’s invitation. “I am calling you, even though you may not think you’re worth.”
“God speaks to us in whispers,” Abbot Domenic observed. He recalled a TV commercial where the character kept asking, “Can you hear me.” Abbot Domenic noted that “God is always calling.” But, that we often respond with doubt, saying, “Is that you, Lord?”
Abbot Domenic met the Norbertines in high school. At the time, the Norbertine priests and brothers served as high school teachers at Bishop Neumann High School in South Philadelphia. He was impressed by their community life and dedication to serving the Church.
Daylesford Abbey, located in Chester County, PA, is a Norbertine Community of priests. The Norbertines are a 900 year old Catholic religious order. Founded by St. Norbert, the community lives a life of common prayer. The Norbertines have a particular focus of brining peace, healing and reconciliation to the world through their work in parish ministry, education, social services and in other apostolates that serve the Church.
To learn more about becoming a Norbertine priest at Daylesford Abbey, click here.