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 Profession2019-09-03T14:14:25-05:00

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, 20192019-08-12T13:41:39-05:00

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, 20192019-08-12T13:36:16-05:00

Communio In Christ


Daylesford Abbey, Communio In Christ, An Oasis of Peace https://youtu.be/z0A8XPBeS0U 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 drossi@daylesford.org or call 610-647-2530

Communio In Christ2019-08-06T13:42:32-05:00

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, 20192019-08-05T10:53:12-05:00

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.2019-08-05T15:16:15-05:00

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, 20192019-07-31T13:40:50-05:00

Daylesford Abbey’s New Website


Daylesford Abbey Launches a New Website Daylesford Abbey, located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, has just completed the development of a new website.  The new site is visually driven and organized to provide site visitors with the ability to quickly and easily find content.  From Mass times to information on Vocations; from information on our retreats and programs to details about our Abbey's history, the new website is as dynamic as it is beautiful.  

Daylesford Abbey’s New Website2019-07-24T13:39:19-05:00

Little Things Mean a Lot #3


Previously we considered the carrying of fragments of consecrated bread from the consecrated loaf used at the papal Mass to the celebrations about to occur in parish churches. That was a second example of mixing. There is yet another example of mixing: at the fraction rite in both the papal Mass as well as those in the parishes, deacons would bring forth large cups of unconsecrated wine from the sacristy. Other deacons would take pieces from the newly consecrated loaf on the altar and drop a piece into each of these chalices which were then consecrated by immixtio and not by [...]

Little Things Mean a Lot #32019-07-26T12:35:46-05:00

Catechetical Corner July 7, 2019


Little Things Mean a Lot #2 If the ancient Roman immixtio/commixtio/mixing was a privileged expression of ONE Eucharist across time; a second purpose of the rite was to unite all the celebrations of the Eucharist in one place (city) on one day. At the fraction rite during the papal Mass ministers at the table of the Lord would take large pieces of the consecrated bread to all the parish churches of the city so that the priests presiding at those services could drop the consecrated bread into the ONE large cup (we’ll come back to that “ONE cup” next week) of [...]

Catechetical Corner July 7, 20192019-07-31T13:55:09-05:00


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