Daylesford Founders’ Day On November 13, 354, Augustine of Hippo was born in Tagaste, North Africa. The significance of that date has caused it to be set aside as the day on which the Catholic communities of consecrated life who follow his Rule (the Dominicans, the Augustinians, the Norbertines, other orders of canons regular, and many communities of sisters) celebrate the day in grateful memory of the Saints of their communities who strove to live the apostolic life of the early Jerusalem community according to the Rule of Augustine. It happened that on November 13, 1893, three Dutch Norbertines from the [...]
Abbey Cemetery Sculpture Yesterday we celebrated the annual November All Souls Abbey Cemetery Service in which we remember all those buried there and also by name all of our deceased Associates. The visual focus of our cemetery and of the annual service is Anthony Visco’s bronze sculpture “Norbert Presenting His Follower to the Risen Christ,” or more exactly “Norbert Presenting Hugh of Fosse to the Risen Christ.” Hugh was Norbert’s closest associate, and when Norbert left Prémontré (1126) to take up his new ministry as Archbishop of Magdeburg (Germany) the community at Prémontré asked Norbert for permission to elect a superior [...]
Growing religious orders are not a thing of the past. It would appear in recent years, the number of men and women entering religious life has decreased in recent years. In fact, a decline in vocations began to decrease between 1963 and 1966. However, for some religious orders, that is not the case. In particular, more traditional religious orders are growing despite an increasingly secular world. Many of the religious orders that continue to grow have various traits in common. For example, the Legionaries of Christ is among the list of growing religious orders. The Legionaries of Christ live communally and [...]
The Bethesda Project, founded by Daylesford Abbey’s Abbot Domenic A. Rossi, O. Praem., supports the homelessness and provides them with love and care in their moment of need. This Philadelphia, faith-based nonprofit offers various resources to those in need. Among these resources are faith-sharing groups. This allows those being serviced by the Bethesda Project the opportunity to discuss passages from the bible, share their faith stories and express their fears. In particular, one member named Cathy asked the group if they “really believe that stuff” while another member read from Psalm 23 (“My shepherd is the Lord). Group members thoughtfully responded [...]
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. https://youtu.be/ykIZ9-xfEPw 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 [...]
Jeff Himes has made his Solemn Profession at Daylesford Abbey. On the Feast of St. Augustine (August 28, 2019), Jeff Himes professed his Solemn Vows at Daylesford Abbey. This means he has made his lifetime commitment to both God and the Norbertine community at Daylesford Abbey. We are delighted to have him as a brother in our Norbertine community. After the passage of at least three years in temporary vows, the candidate and the Community discern if he is to proceed to solemn vows. These vows are made for life. By solemn profession a man is incorporated as a permanent and [...]
AbbeyFest 2019 is right around the corner, so mark your calendar! Join us for the 6th-annual AbbeyFest on September 21,2019 from noon to 9:30 pm for a full day of faith, music and fun! Over 4,000 people will come together in celebration and praise. This will be an amazing experience for you and your family! Get a sneak peek: https://youtu.be/qE1EuyzFT_I This year we are joined by various guests, such as fan favorite Matt Maher. Come out and see all of this years guests! You won’t want to miss a minute of it! Call 484-320-7879 or visit theabbeyfest.com for tickets.
Daylesford Abbey, Communio In Christ, An Oasis of Peace https://youtu.be/z0A8XPBeS0U Daylesford Abbey is a Norbertine community of Catholic priests and brothers in Paoli, PA. Our Abbey is a haven for those interested in common life and common prayer; it is an oasis of peace for the community. We live in communion in Christ, which is the bond that holds us together. For those interested in living together in communio, or, communion in Christ and to learn more about our Norbertine community, contact Abbot Domenic A. Rossi for further information at email@example.com or call 610-647-2530
Start Your Journey To Become A Catholic Priest https://youtu.be/iCJVVCNra-M 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-647-2530 to start your journey to become a priest today.
Remembering Fr. Joseph Laenen, O. Praem. The Rev. Joseph C. Laenen, a priest of Daylesford Abbey, died on July 30, 2019 at the age of 94. Fr. Laenen was born in Poederlee, Belgium on May 15, 1925. He entered the Norbertine abbey of Tongerlo in Belgium on Sept. 15, 1944 and was ordained to the priesthood on August 12, 1951 by Bishop Joseph Brems. The following is from an article written in 2014. 50 years ago, in November 1964, a young Belgian priest, not yet forty, lay side-by-side with a confrere on the floor of a tiny prison cell [...]