Over 40 Years of Spiritual Ministry

The Center
All are Welcome

The Norbertine Center for Spirituality is located within St. Norbert Abbey, home of the Norbertine community in De Pere, Wisconsin. Situated upon 160 acres of natural and landscaped beauty, this serene setting simply invites contemplation. This is indeed sacred place—perfect for retreats and spiritual programming, or simply a place to pray and reflect.

St Norbert

““One in mind and heart on the way to God””


The Norbertine Center for Spirituality has served as an
ecumenical haven for those seeking the sacred since 1979.

Our Values

A Gift to the People

Through the example of Jesus Christ and in accordance with the values of the Norbertine —- community of St. Norbert Abbey, the Norbertine Center for Spirituality embraces the following values.

Eucharistic Communio

The Eucharist is the source of life and harmony in our community. In coming together around the altar, we bear witness to God’s Trinitarian life of love, impart that love to each other, and offer it to the wider community. This love provides us the strength to recommit ourselves daily to our vows, our life in community, and our apostolates.

We Work For Peace

Keeping peace with our brothers and sisters requires daily work and crucifixion. In all of our daily actions, we strive to bear witness to Christ’s mercy. Reconciliation between brothers is our greatest joy, and no sacrifice is too great to make for our peace.

Unguarded Hearts

We believe that the truth of our gifts and our weaknesses are revealed by community life. When we have conflict, we do not hide our thoughts or feelings from each other in an effort to avoid strife. Instead, we stay in communion, and we mutually seek the opportunity to grow. We rejoice in the goodness in each other, and we testify to the abundance of God’s blessings.

Daily Conversion

As contemplatives in action, Norbertines are both in community and in service to the Church outside the abbey. The more our lives are conformed to the cross of peace, the more our gifts become apparent and enlivened. We aren’t afraid to call each other into responsibility, and we aspire to give others a place in the legacy of our order.

Open Doors

We welcome the seeking and the vulnerable to share in the riches of communio, especially through hospitality at the Abbey and by inviting others to participate in our life of prayer. Our work of the Office and of the Mass is an apostolate of love where the faithful can experience belonging in God’s family and taste the sweetness of Christ’s life.