Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Tuesday 19 January |
Saint of the Day: St. Branwalator of Jersey
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

What you need to know about the Norbertines

NORBERTINE MONK

St Michael Abbey | City of Saints

Philip Kosloski - published on 05/30/18

A brief guide to a religious order founded by St. Norbert of Xanten.

Around the same time as the founding of the Cistercians and Carthusians, St. Norbert of Xanten, an itinerant priest, was preaching in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Northern France. He discovered a great decline in the faith of the priests he encountered and felt called to found a religious order that was vigorous and faithful to the Gospel.

While he prayed about what kind of rule his religious order should keep, St. Augustine appeared to him and said, “I am Augustine, Bishop of Hippo; behold here the rule which I have written; if your fellow-brethren, my sons, shall have observed it well, they shall stand without fear in the presence of Christ on the terrible day of the last judgment.” It is further said that he received the white habit of the order directly from the Blessed Virgin Mary in a vision. St. Norbert founded his religious order in Prémontré, France and was a good friend of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, who founded the Cistercians. It didn’t take long for the order to zealously spread throughout the world.

Here is a brief guide to the order, detailing the basics of what makes this important religious community unique.

Names & Abbreviations: Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré, O.Praem, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, White Canons

Date of Foundation: 1120

Founders: St. Norbert of Xanten

Motto & Charism: According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “The five particular ends of the Norbertine Order are: Laus Dei in choro (the singing of the Divine Office); Zelus animarum (zeal for the salvation of souls); Spiritus jugis pœnitentiæ (the spirit of habitual penance); Cultus Eucharisticus (a special devotion to the Holy Eucharist); Cultus Marianus (a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin, mostly to her Immaculate Conception).”

Furthermore, the Norbertines describe themselves and their mission this way: “By virtue of our baptismal call and by means of our vowed life as Canons Regular, we serve the needs of the local church through our common ministry to the poor and marginalized, the young and the old. Locally, this ministry — as a community serving local communities — has found expression in our educational apostolates on the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels. Norbertines serve in these institutions as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors, campus ministers, financial officers, and in governance as board members and trustees. We serve in parishes entrusted to the Order, and provide pastoral assistance to pastors of diocesan parishes.”

The Norbertines are an active order (with a contemplative branch of nuns), engaging the world while living a rich community life of prayer.

Examples of Norbertine Communities: Some Norbertine communities are St. Michael’s Abbey, Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph, St. Philip’s Priory, St. Norbert Abbey.




Read more:
Catholic priest serves two flocks — the Packers and prisoners

Famous Norbertines: St. Godfrey, St. Frederick, Bl. Bronislava, Bl. Hugh


CISTERCIANS

Read more:
What you need to know about the Cistercians


SAINT AUGUSTINE

Read more:
What you need to know about the Order of St. Augustine

Tags:
Spiritual LifeVocations
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
DAD, HOW DO I?
Cerith Gardiner
Meet the dad who's teaching basic skills on YouTube for kids with...
2
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
3
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
Reasons Catholics should read the Bible
4
SAINT RITA CASCIA
Bret Thoman, OFS
Traces of miracles remain at the birthplace of St. Rita of Cascia
5
MARTIN LUTHER KING
Jorge Graña
Did you know Martin Luther King appreciated the Rosary?
6
POPE JOHN PAUL II
Philip Kosloski
St. John Paul II's formula for defeating evil in the world
7
couple
Anna Gębalska-Berekets
Couple praises Padre Pio's recipe for a happy marriage
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.