The Feast of St. Norbert is June 6. St. Norbert founded the Norbertine Order in 1120 AD. Daylesford Abbey is made up of Norbertines, and the Norbertines remain the fifth oldest surviving order within the Catholic Church. St. Norbert of Xanten (located in what is today in Germany) passed away June 6, 1134, and we celebrate him each year on this day. St. Norbert founded the Norbertines to bring renewal in the clergy through bridging the gap between monastic and clerical life. The Norbertines believe in a simple life, thus taking a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience and living a [...]
While COVID-19 keeps us at home, maintaining communication with your church community requires utilizing digital resources more and more. Social media, email blasts and continuous website updates keep your audience engaged, and may even increase your reach. Daylesford Abbey cannot currently hold public Mass or retreats at our location, but we can bring reflections, Mass and community updates to you via our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel. We live stream scripture reading and reflection Monday through Friday at 11 am EST via Facebook and YouTube, and for those without Facebook, you can view the live streams on our website. Additionally, [...]
Catholics in the community recognize their calling to help others in this uncertain time. Knights of Columbus members in the Philadelphia region are responding to the needs of local parishes and community amid the COVID-19 crisis. The “Leave No Neighbor Behind” order-wide service program aims to assist their fellow neighbors. While the COVID-19 pandemic halted life as we know it, the Knights of Columbus see this as an opportunity to “deepen our commitment to the very principles which define us: charity, unity and fraternity,” said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson. Through this current service program, the Knights identify five areas of [...]
Archbishop Nelson J. Perez released a special Easter message to the Philadelphia and surrounding region. In it, he celebrates Jesus’ return and life under COVID-19. A noticeable theme runs through Archbishop Perez’s message: remaining faithful will help you through this crisis more than you could imagine. Our faith allows us to remain hopeful, and we will come out from under this as a united, Christian family. Archbishop Perez recalls his request at the beginning of Lent: “I asked you to keep your eyes fixed on the outstretched arms of Christ the crucified and Christ the merciful in preparation for the coming [...]
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Catholic Community Turns To Online Mass While Daylesford Abbey, and church communities across the country have closed their doors to the public to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, celebrating Mass and reflecting upon the Lenten season has moved to a digital space. Across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, churches are livestreaming on Facebook and Youtube daily Masses, reflections, meditations, Stations of the Cross and more to keep the community and love of Christ alive. An online database lists live streams from around the country, as well as other online services to access from home while you practice social distancing, as recommended [...]
Archbishop Nelson J. Perez invites all Catholics to join him online to participate in a special Lenten Virtual Retreat. Tune in each night at 7:00 pm. Through Palm Sunday (April 5, 2020). Archbishop Perze has stated, “Life as we understand it has temporarily changed, but this too shall pass. We are people whose hearts are grounded in our faith and in our hope. That is the strength that helps us during this time of uncertainty.” View the videos online at Archbishop Perez’s Facebook and Instagram, or the Archdiocesan Vimeo channel, website and Catholic Philly.