About Us

“Ancient Tradition To Live A Life of Community, Contemplation, Compassionate service with the people of God”

The Norbertines is a religious order that vows a lifetime of conversion and worship in all we do. We seek to grow in holiness in our relationship with God in, through, and with one another and those who we serve.

The Norbertine Community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey is the youngest Norbertine Abbey in the Americas. Founded in 1985 as a foundation of St. Norbert Abbey in DePere, Wisconsin, we were elevated to a Canonry (self governing body) on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, 2011.

We were elevated to the status of an Abbey on August 2nd, 2012, the highest state a house can hold in our ancient order.

Over 400 years after the Roman Catholic Faith was brought to New Mexico we as Norbertines, Canons Regular of Prémontré, are planting the seeds of our ancient tradition to live a life of community, contemplation and compassionate service with the people of God in the southwestern United States.

The Norbertine Order is now nearly 900 years old, one of the oldest Roman Catholic religious orders in the world. In the valley of Premontre in France, a small group of men gathered on Christmas Eve, 1121. Led by Norbert of Xanten in Germany, they committed themselves to God, to one another, and to the vita apostolica or to the life as the early christians did.

They built an abbey at Prémontré to be the first home of their service. Communities of Norbertine priests, brothers, sisters and laity can now be found around the world.