Daylesford Vocations

World Day for Vocations: Fostering Vocations and the Spirit of Daylesford Abbey


With Sunday April 21, 2024 being the World Day for Vocations, it is important to pray for the men and women discerning their call from God. In the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, amidst the cacophony of distractions and obligations, there exists a tranquil oasis where the spiritual seeker finds solace and purpose. Daylesford Abbey, a place of profound serenity nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania, stands as a beacon of contemplation and prayer. But it is not merely a physical sanctuary; it is a symbol of devotion, a testament to the enduring quest for deeper meaning in [...]

World Day for Vocations: Fostering Vocations and the Spirit of Daylesford Abbey2024-04-21T18:00:02-04:00

Celebrating The Seven Sacraments in the Catholic Church


The Seven Sacraments are central rituals in the Catholic Church and other Christian traditions. People believe that they are outward signs of inward grace, which Christ instituted and entrusted to the Church. Our Catholic vocation calls us to receive these sacraments as a means of experiencing God’s grace. Types of Sacraments We categorize the sacraments into three groups. These groups are initiation, healing, and service of Communion. The initiation group includes Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The healing group consists of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. Lastly, the service of Communion group includes Marriage and Holy Orders. Baptism. Through the [...]

Celebrating The Seven Sacraments in the Catholic Church2024-03-01T15:00:50-05:00

What Is A Religious Abbey


For many Catholics, the distinction between an abbey and a monastery is somewhat unclear. What is an Abbey, exactly?  The dictionary defines the word “abbey “as the building or buildings occupied by a community of monks or nuns. In Christian spiritual contexts, this word primarily refers to a large monastery or convent. Abbeys are homes for men and women with a particular Catholic vocation; they are called to be monks and or nuns who live together, pray, work, and study according to their religious order's rules. The History of the Abbey Abbeys have a rich historical background and history. Monks began in [...]

What Is A Religious Abbey2024-02-04T20:00:24-05:00

How to Become a Priest


Discerning a  Catholic vocation to the priesthood begins with understanding the process of how to become a priest.  In general, a priest is a religious leader or figure typically associated with a particular faith or religious tradition. The role and responsibilities of priests can vary widely depending on the specific religious context. Here are some common types of priests found in different religious traditions. In the Catholic Faith there are several types of priests.  A diocesan priest is ordained to serve the faithful in a particular diocese.  An ordered priest is a member of a religious community and will serve [...]

How to Become a Priest2024-02-04T19:34:28-05:00

Advent: New Liturgical Year, New Beginnings and New Opportunities


Advent marks the new Liturgical Year; it is a time for new opportunities and new beginnings.  Today we are in the season of Advent Soon, on January 1st we will start a new calendar year too, 2024.  The New year will be marked by fireworks, champagne toasts, get togethers of friends and families, and warm embraces as the clock strikes midnight. Students involved in sports at their high schools will be ending cross country, football, and now flag football for girls. Boys and girls will be ending basketball and soccer. Boys and girls will now begin lacrosse, softball and swimming, [...]

Advent: New Liturgical Year, New Beginnings and New Opportunities2024-03-22T17:03:49-04:00

Abbot Domenic Rossi’s Vocation Story


Shalom World recently interviewed Abbot Domenic Rossi, O. Praem. about his vocation journey.  The video, which can be found by clicking here recounts his early calling to the priesthood and his journey as a Norbertine priest. Abbot Domenic reflects on that initial calling.  He recalled a dream as a young child and hearing God's invitation. "I am calling you, even though you may not think you're worth." "God speaks to us in whispers," Abbot Domenic observed. He recalled a TV commercial where the character kept asking, "Can you hear me."  Abbot Domenic noted that "God is always calling."  But, that [...]

Abbot Domenic Rossi’s Vocation Story2024-03-22T17:07:12-04:00

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 Week2024-05-17T14:49:01-04:00

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


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