Over 40 Years of Spiritual Ministry
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.
We live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the traditions of Saints Norbert and Augustine.
We live a common life “one in mind and heart on the way to God” through celebration of the Eucharist, liturgical prayer and service to the People of God.
Our Vision As a mission of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, we are a spiritual resource for those who wish to deepen their relationship with God. The Norbertine Center for Spirituality is known for its exceptional holistic programming (spirit, mind, and body) within a welcoming, prayerful atmosphere, accessible to all.
““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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.