A short guide to a religious order, founded by San Norberto, Xanten

At the same time as the foundation for Cistercians and Certosini, San Norberto di Xanten, a migration priest, preached in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and northern France. He discovered a great decline in the faith of the priests he met and felt encouraged to establish a religious order that was strong and faithful to the gospel.

When he prayed what kind of rule he should observe, Saint Augustine appeared to him and said: “I am Agostinus, Bishop of Hippona; this is the rule I have written; if your brethren, my sons, have observed them well, they will be in the presence of Christ on the terrible day of judgment. “It also means that he received the white habit of the order directly from the Blessed virgin Mary in a Vision. St. Norberto founded his religious order in Prémontré, France, and he was a good friend of St. Bernardo of Chiaravalle, who founded the Cistercians. It didn’t take long for the order to spread with zeal all over the world.

This is a brief guide to order, which is the basis for what makes this important religious community unique.

Names and abbreviations: Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré, O. Praem, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, White Canons

Date Founded: 1120

Founder: San Norberto di Xanten

Motto and charisma: according to the Catholic encyclopedia, “The five specific purposes of the order Norbertino: Laus Dei in choro (the singing of the divine office); Zelus animarum (zeal for the salvation of souls); Spiritus jugis pœnitentiæ (the spirit of penance usual); Cultus Eucharisticus (a special devotion for the Holy Eucharist); Cultus Marianus (devotion to the blessed virgin, mainly due to his Immaculate conception). ”

In addition, the Norbertines describe themselves and their Mission as follows: “because of our call after a conversation and through our promised life as a regular canon, we serve the needs of the local church through our common Ministry of the poor and marginalized, the young and the old. At the local level, this ministry – as a community serving local communities-has found expression in our primary, secondary and college education systems. Norbertines serves in these institutions as teachers, professors, administrators, advisers, ministers of campuses, finance and government officials as members of the board of directors and as trustees. We serve in the Church communities of the order, and provide pastoral support for the pastors of the diocesan Church communities.”

Norbertines is an active order (with a reflection-free nuns-branch), involving the world, while she lives in a rich community life of prayer.

Examples of Norbertine communities: some Norbertine communities are the abbey of St. Michele, the Prieuré de Bethlehem de San Giuseppe, the Prieuré de San Filippo, the abbey of St. Norberto.


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