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Celebrating the Vocation of St. Norbert


Today, we at Daylesford Abbey celebrating the Vocation of St. Norbert on his Feastday.  St. Norbert of Xanten, a priest who lived 900 years ago, was called to a life of peace, reconciliation and harmony.  He was an instrumental figure in the Church and his legacy is alive in the Norbertine Order (or the Order of Canons Regular of Premontre).  Daylesford Abbey is a Norbertine Community established over fifty years ago. Our priests and brothers continue the vision of St. Norbert by living a life in common prayer and in service to the Church. St. Norbert, also known as Norbert [...]

Celebrating the Vocation of St. Norbert2023-06-07T07:48:57-04:00

Holy Trinity Sunday


Catholics celebrated the great feast of Pentecost on May 28, and then we entered Ordinary time. However, this time is far from Ordinary because on Sunday June 4th, we celebrate the feast of The Most Holy Trinity, and the following Sunday, June 11, we celebrate Corpus Christi, the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. On the feast of the Holy Trinity,  Christians honor and focus on the doctrine that there is one God which exists in three distinct persons, the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is fully God, [...]

Holy Trinity Sunday2023-06-04T09:55:10-04:00

The Visitation of Mary


Over the recent Memorial Day weekend, many people made visits to relatives and friends. They traveled by air and car, and perhaps even by train. On May 31st we remember and celebrate the feast of the Visitation of  Mary. This feast day commemorates the meeting between Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her cousin Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist. The story is primarily found in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:39-56). Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, a difficult journey in those early times. This visit is seen as an act of humility, support, and solidarity between the [...]

The Visitation of Mary2023-06-04T09:55:33-04:00

Memorial Day: A Time to Honor Sacrifice and Pray for Peace


Memorial Day is a time-honored tradition in the United States, a day dedicated to remembering and honoring the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the country's armed forces. As a significant day of remembrance, it is also an opportunity for Catholics to reflect upon the values of sacrifice, service, and vocations within the Catholic faith. In this blog, we will explore the connections between Memorial Day and the Catholic faith, specifically focusing on Catholic vocations and the call to serve others. Memorial Day and Sacrificial Love At the heart of Memorial Day lies the [...]

Memorial Day: A Time to Honor Sacrifice and Pray for Peace2023-05-29T10:15:06-04:00



Pentecost This Sunday May 28th we celebrate the solemnity of Pentecost when we commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus Christ. It is typically celebrated 50 days after Easter Sunday. The word "Pentecost" is derived from the Greek word "pentēkostē," which means "fiftieth." As the reading from the Acts of the Apostles tells us, the disciples were all in one place together when suddenly there was a strong wind. Then there appeared to them tongues of fire which came and rested on each of them. “And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began [...]


Celebrating the Feast of the Ascension: A Reflection on Daylesford Abbey, Norbertines, and the Catholic Vocation


As Catholics around the world gather to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, we take a moment to reflect on the significance of this important event in the life of Jesus Christ and the significance for His Church. For the Norbertines at Daylesford Abbey, today’s feast has a special significance.  We at Daylesford Abbey, a Norbertine Community, have a unique perspective given connection between the Ascension, the Norbertine order, and the call to our Catholic vocation. The Feast of the Ascensions The Feast of the Ascension marks the moment when Jesus Christ, after His resurrection, ascended into heaven, completing His [...]

Celebrating the Feast of the Ascension: A Reflection on Daylesford Abbey, Norbertines, and the Catholic Vocation2023-05-25T09:11:14-04:00

Mother’s Day


This Sunday, May14th, we celebrate Mother’s Day.  This is a special holiday we celebrate each year to honor our mothers and mother figures. As Catholics we have the additional opportunity to honor and pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and our spiritual mother too. The idea of a day to honor mothers dates to ancient civilizations, but the modern holiday was first celebrated in the early 20th century in the United States. Today, Mother's Day is a widely recognized holiday that is celebrated by people of all backgrounds and cultures around the world. On Mother’s Day, many [...]

Mother’s Day2023-05-11T09:52:08-04:00

Catholic Vocations to the Priesthood: Celebrating Vocation Sunday with the Norbertines


As a Catholic, you may have heard of Vocation Sunday, a day that is celebrated annually in the Church to raise awareness and encourage discernment of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Vocation Sunday typically falls on the fourth Sunday of Easter, which is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday, when the Gospel reading focuses on Jesus as the Good Shepherd. The Norbertines, a Catholic religious order founded by St. Norbert of Xanten in the 12th century, have a rich history of promoting and fostering vocations to the priesthood. This order, also known as the Premonstratensians, has a special [...]

Catholic Vocations to the Priesthood: Celebrating Vocation Sunday with the Norbertines2023-05-25T09:11:43-04:00

The Easter Triduum Summit of the Liturgical year


                       The Easter Triduum, Summit of the Liturgical Year The Easter Triduum is a celebration so powerful it extends for 3 days, from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday.  During these sacred times, we celebrate Jesus’ dying and rising, beginning with a special meal Jesus shared with his disciples at the Last Supper. The Last Supper: A presider washes the feet of others at the Last Supper liturgy. We are reminded of our call to serve others in this powerful, moving liturgy. At the Last Supper, [...]

The Easter Triduum Summit of the Liturgical year2023-04-04T23:59:20-04:00

What is the Triduum?


The Triduum is a special and sacred time of year.  But what exactly is the Triduum?  The Easter Triduum is a sacred time for Catholics around the world, and Daylesford Abbey, located in Paoli, Pennsylvania, is no exception. This Norbertine monastery has a rich history and is home to a community of monks who live a life of prayer, work, and service to others. During the Easter Triduum, the monks of Daylesford Abbey gather to celebrate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to reflect on their own vocations. On Holy Thursday, the priests and brothers of Daylesford [...]

What is the Triduum?2023-03-24T08:07:12-04:00


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