The Norbertines

Frater Jeff- A Rock and Roll Journey To God


Picture yourself in the mid-90s, working for Madonna’s record label, Maverick Records. Someone asks where you see yourself in 20 years, what would your answer be? For Jeff Himes, he would tell you he’d have answered his call from God and on his way to becoming a Catholic priest. Jeff Himes grew up in Chester County, in the Downingtown and West Chester area. He graduated from Downingtown High School, and after high school spent the next phase of his life working in the music industry. Upon his high school graduation, Jeff played in a heavy metal band (in the ilk of [...]

Frater Jeff- A Rock and Roll Journey To God2019-11-27T16:15:06-05:00

Growing Religious Orders


Growing religious orders are not a thing of the past. It would appear in recent years, the number of men and women entering religious life has decreased in recent years. In fact, a decline in vocations began to decrease between 1963 and 1966. However, for some religious orders, that is not the case. In particular, more traditional religious orders are growing despite an increasingly secular world. Many of the religious orders that continue to grow have various traits in common. For example, the Legionaries of Christ is among the list of growing religious orders. The Legionaries of Christ live communally and [...]

Growing Religious Orders2019-09-25T15:16:24-04:00

Catechetical Corner September 8, 2019


Mary's Birthday Today, September 8, is the Feast of the Birth of Mary, the Mother of God, or as the Greeks call her, the Theotokos or God-bearer. St. Mary’s birthday doesn’t get celebrated this year because Sundays always take precedence over the feasts of saints. The four canonical gospels tell us nothing about Mary’s birth, but the apocryphal sources (early church collections not accepted into the official Bible but widely circulated as being true) tell us the names of her parents, Joachim and Anne, and their long desired conception of a child. In thanks to God, they gave their young daughter [...]

Catechetical Corner September 8, 20192019-08-29T12:37:04-04:00

Jeff Himes Makes Solemn Profession


Jeff Himes has made his Solemn Profession at Daylesford Abbey. On the Feast of St. Augustine (August 28, 2019), Jeff Himes professed his Solemn Vows at Daylesford Abbey. This means he has made his lifetime commitment to both God and the Norbertine community at Daylesford Abbey. We are delighted to have him as a brother in our Norbertine community. After the passage of at least three years in temporary vows, the candidate and the Community discern if he is to proceed to solemn vows. These vows are made for life. By solemn profession a man is incorporated as a permanent and [...]

Jeff Himes Makes Solemn Profession2019-09-03T14:14:25-04:00

Catechetical Corner Sept. 1, 2019


Blessed be God forever Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and the work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life. Resp. Blessed be God forever. Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink. Resp. Blessed be God forever. These words are prayed at every celebration of the Eucharist; sometimes audibly, sometimes [...]

Catechetical Corner Sept. 1, 20192019-08-12T13:41:39-04:00

Catechetical Corner Aug. 18, 2019


Litany #2 In the celebration of the Roman Catholic Eucharist, the first litany (the third option for the Penitential Act of the Introductory Rite) is the Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy). The original Greek, which is always an option, is another indicator that the church in Rome was bilingual for several centuries (Greek and Latin). This litany probably came into Rome during a period when successive popes were from the East, particularly Syria. The tropes (titles or phrases addressed to Christ Jesus) are not penitential in nature; nor does “mercy” in the liturgy denote a request to be pardoned in the [...]

Catechetical Corner Aug. 18, 20192019-08-12T13:36:16-04:00

Communio In Christ


Daylesford Abbey, Communio In Christ, An Oasis of Peace Daylesford Abbey is a Norbertine community of Catholic priests and brothers in Paoli, PA. Our Abbey is a haven for those interested in common life and common prayer; it is an oasis of peace for the community. We live in communion in Christ, which is the bond that holds us together. For those interested in living together in communio, or, communion in Christ and to learn more about our Norbertine community, contact Abbot Domenic A. Rossi for further information at or call 610-647-2530

Communio In Christ2019-08-06T13:42:32-04:00

Catechetical Corner August 4, 2019


Another “little thing" Now that everyone is paying better attention to what’s happening at the altar during Mass, I direct your attention to the small and simple action when the deacon or the assistant concelebrant or the presider pours a little water into the wine before placing it with the bread to be consecrated. As often happens, the prayer (said silently) gives us an idea of the meaning of this small ritual element: By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity. Commentators on [...]

Catechetical Corner August 4, 20192019-08-05T10:53:12-04:00

Remembering Fr. Joseph Laenen, O. Praem.


Remembering Fr. Joseph Laenen, O. Praem. The Rev. Joseph C. Laenen, a priest of Daylesford Abbey, died on July 30, 2019  at the age of 94. Fr. Laenen was born in Poederlee, Belgium on May 15, 1925. He entered the Norbertine abbey of Tongerlo in Belgium on Sept. 15, 1944 and was ordained to the priesthood on August 12, 1951 by Bishop Joseph Brems.   The following is from an article written in 2014.    50 years ago, in November 1964, a young Belgian priest, not yet forty, lay side-by-side with a confrere on the floor of a tiny prison cell [...]

Remembering Fr. Joseph Laenen, O. Praem.2019-08-05T15:16:15-04:00

Catechetical Corner July 28, 2019


“Heavies” chime in on “Little Things Mean A Lot” “…every time the faithful gather to celebrate liturgy they are thereby united with the communion of saints in sacramental holiness. While the Eucharist may be a particular, even singular, event in time and space, it always bears universal significance beyond the limits of spatiotemporal continuity, inasmuch as it is always the assembly together with the world church that celebrates. Put differently, the world church always celebrates the liturgy through this particular assembly…. Through different rites and prayers we can observe the dynamic process whereby people in a given context come into communion [...]

Catechetical Corner July 28, 20192019-07-31T13:40:50-04:00


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