Abbey Mission Statement
Daylesford Abbey exists to enrich the church by our Norbertine communio, nourished by contemplation on God’s Word, made visible in worship and service within the local church.
Daylesford Abbey Vision Statement
Apostles of Peace in the Communion of Prémontré Celebrating God’s Presence in Creation God’s gift of Faith empowers us to believe that in a new moment of graced communio we are called:
*to be apostles of peace to our own hearts and for one another,
*to be a healing and reconciling community, a hospitable family, where any of God’s children may find a sanctuary of healing and strength for Christ’s mission.
God’s gift of Hope challenges us to take risks for the sake of our dreams:
*the dream of the Pentecost community with Mary the Mother of Jesus,
holding all in common – even our hearts and minds;
*the dream of Augustine pursuing the one true Lover, calling us to conversion and service,
sharing at two tables our daily bread and the Bread of Life;
*the dream of Prémontré, Norbertine religious vowed to a lifetime of worship in all we do,
gathering around us communion of the baptized.
God’s gift of Love inspires us with a fresh new dream:
to recognize God’s Presence in all that is truly good, wise, beautiful and loving;
to exercise our priesthood in Christ, by giving voice to Creation’s praise,
each time we gather around Word and Sacrament.
For all good gifts, we give God thanks and pray,
that we may be generous and faithful stewards of what has been given into our care.
Vision Statement of the Order of Prémontré accepted and approved by the General Chapter 2006.
Drawn by our merciful and Triune God,
we are called as baptized to follow the poor and risen, Christ,
in a radical and apostolic way of life according to the Gospel,
the Rule of Saint Augustine and the charism of Saint Norbert,
the founder of our Premonstratensian Order.
Our way of life is marked by:
a lifelong seeking after God through fraternal community,
a never-ending conversion by giving ourselves to the church of our profession
in communion with the self-emptying of Christ,
in imitation of Mary pondering God’s Word,
and in ceaseless prayer and service at the altar.
From the choir and altar, we go to serve the human family
in a spirit of simplicity, hospitality, reconciliation, and peace
for the benefit of the Church and the world,
especially where Christ is found among the poor, the suffering,
and among those who do not know him.
We pray that what God’s Spirit has begun in us may be made perfect in the day of Christ Jesus.