Quo Vadis – Where Are You Going?


"Quo Vadis" is a Latin phrase that in English means "Where are you going?" "Quo Vadis" is also the name of a novel written by Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz, first published in 1895. The book sets its story in ancient Rome, during Emperor Nero's reign. Today, we live in a world of people searching… questioning and wondering… Where am I going?  Quo Vadis is a universal call to introspection, reflection and discernment. But it is also a unique and personal question God asks of us.  The answer is our vocation… the person God is calling us to be. Today, younger [...]

Quo Vadis – Where Are You Going?2023-11-08T15:54:21-05:00

National Vocation Awareness Week


National Vocations Awareness Week is a time of reflection, gratitude, and celebration within the Daylesford Abbey community. This annual event holds a special place in the hearts of both the priests and the faithful who gather to honor the diverse callings that lead individuals to serve God in religious life. The Heart of Daylesford Abbey Founded in 1953, Daylesford Abbey is a Norbertine community located in the serene countryside of Pennsylvania. Rooted in the teachings of St. Norbert, the Abbey provides a spiritual haven for men and the broader community seeking solace, contemplation, and guidance. Communio is at the heart [...]

National Vocation Awareness Week2023-11-07T09:16:12-05:00

Meet Rev. Frater Jeffrey Himes


Rev. Frater Jeffrey is a member of the Norbertine Community at Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, PA. He is a newly ordained deacon on his way to becoming a Catholic priest. His vocation story and his personal journey are very different from what you might expect. Rev. Frater Jeffrey Himes grew up in Downingtown, Pa (Chester County).  Upon graduating from high school, he became involved in the music industry. Frater Jeff was a talented guitarist and played in a heavy metal band. His journey from heavy metal guitarist and music industry promoter to a newly ordained Catholic deacon with the Norbertines [...]

Meet Rev. Frater Jeffrey Himes2023-07-27T11:07:14-04:00

Ordination to the Deaconate of Frater Jeffrey Himes, O. Praem


On June 6, the feast of St. Norbert, Frater Jeffrey Himes, O. Praem a member of the Norbertines community at Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, PA was ordained to the Diaconate by Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior, who is the Auxiliary to the Archbishop of Philadelphia and Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of Harrisburg. There were also several main concelebrant presiders including Rt Rev Dominic A. Rossi, O. Praem who is the Abbot of Daylesford Abbey and Very Reverend John C. Zagarella, O. Praem who is the Prior of the Daylesford Abbey. The Ordination featured Daylesford’s ministers from the entire Daylesford Abbey [...]

Ordination to the Deaconate of Frater Jeffrey Himes, O. Praem2023-07-03T10:18:01-04:00

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

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

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

What Is A Religious Vocation?


What exactly is a vocation? “The definition of the word vocation is “a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation.” The word vocation originated in Middle English from Old French, or from Latin vocatio, from vocare ‘to call’. A call? From whom? By cell phone? From a friend, a parishioner a priest, a divine call from God? God often calls people to a religious vocation but sometimes we do not hear God’s voice or call. If we do hear an inkling of a religious vocation, our response might be “Who Me?” or “I am certainly not worthy.” Or [...]

What Is A Religious Vocation?2022-08-15T08:55:26-04:00

What is a Catholic Religious Vocation?


Curious about a Roman Catholic religious vocation? A vocation is a divine call from God. God does not contact us directly by phone or email, but often in prayer, in reflection, in quiet discernment.There are a variety of means for us to begin to hear God’s call. Reading a spiritual book or a blog post, visiting a website of a spiritual organization, or even visiting a Facebook page.Yes, religious organizations today use Facebook, and even Twitter and Instagram to share the message about their organization, their members, and their work.There are also local means, in our parishes through the readings at Mass and [...]

What is a Catholic Religious Vocation?2023-03-04T06:15:12-05:00

Called and Sent by Jesus


We are now in Eastertime, also known as the Easter season which focuses on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Eastertide ends on the fiftieth day after Easter, on the day of Pentecost, celebrated this year on June 5th, 2022. On this day we recall when the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles in the form of tongues of fire. The Gospel readings have been focusing on Jesus's last words with his disciples. In the Gospel reading of John 20;19-31, for the Second Sunday of Easter, after first wishing his followers peace, Jesus said "As the Father has [...]

Called and Sent by Jesus2023-02-28T20:33:27-05:00


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