The Solemn Profession of Frater Jeffrey Himes


Over the last few years, Frater Jeffrey Himes, O. Praem. has devoted his life to Christ at Daylesford Abbey. On August 28, 2019 (the Feast of St. Augustine), he made his Solemn Profession before the Norbertine Community here at Daylesford Abbey. Frater Jeffrey has chosen to live a life in communio with his brothers at Daylesford Abbey. In communio means leading a common life with common prayer at Daylesford Abbey. In making his Solemn Profession, Frater Jeffrey has completed the Affilate program, Novitiate and Temporary Profession. This is his step before being ordained a Catholic priest. Solemn Profession vows are [...]

The Solemn Profession of Frater Jeffrey Himes2019-09-19T10:50:16-05:00

Shelly Pennefather Answered God’s Call


Responding To God’s Call When many of us decide on a path in life, we tend to stick to it because we know it’s the right path for us. Some, however, think they are on the right path, but know deep in his or her heart, something is missing; we have another calling. This was the case for Shelly Pennefather. She knew she was meant to respond to God's call. Shelly Pennefather, recently profiled here, seemed to be on the path to becoming a prolific women's basketball player. At the time she excelled on Villanova’s women’s team, there was no WNBA [...]

Shelly Pennefather Answered God’s Call2019-08-08T15:18:52-05:00

Daylesford Abbey Seeks Men Ready To Devote Their Lives To Christ


Start Your Journey To Become A Catholic Priest Daylesford Abbey wishes to welcome men who are ready to answer God’s call and are committed to loving and serving Jesus Christ at our Norbertine Abbey through common life and common prayer. Please contact Abbot Domenic A. Rossi for further information at or call 610-647-2530 to start your journey to become a priest today.    

Daylesford Abbey Seeks Men Ready To Devote Their Lives To Christ2019-08-05T15:07:05-05:00


Catholic Vocations and Millennials The world and our society are increasingly secular.  As such, vocations to the Catholic priesthood and religious life (i.e. religious Brothers and Sisters) are increasingly counterculture.  But there is renewed hope for the Catholic church as more young people are considering a vocation as a Catholic priest, Brother or Sister.   Millenials are choosing religious life, despite what you may think. In a recent Huffington Post article, author Eve Fairbanks reported that the number of young women “discerning the religious life” has risen in the last few years. Just ten years ago, there were fewer than 50,000 Catholic sisters [...]


Catholic Vocations


Daylesford Abbey's Website Features Vocations Blog Daylesford Abbey's new website includes a platform that will be dedicated to content about vocations in the Catholic church, specifically to Catholic religious orders and the Catholic priesthood. We will be sharing stories of our own vocations.  We will feature information about discerning your vocation.  We will include blogs about growing and cultivating Catholic vocations with incredible stories of religious communities that are growing in numbers. Look for more information in the weeks and months to come.

Catholic Vocations2022-01-06T17:16:24-05:00


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