Fr. Michael Brennan, O. Praem. (left), joined Fr. Andrew Ciferni, O. Praem. (right), and eight St. Norbert College students in France as part of the Global Seminar Program offered during the 2018 J-term.
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The group is pictured in front of the ruins of Prémontré.
The group is pictured in front of the ruins of Prémontré.

Fr. Michael Brennan, O. Praem. (left), joined Fr. Andrew Ciferni, O. Praem. (right), and eight St. Norbert College students in France as part of the college’s Global Seminar Program offered during the 2018 J[anuary]-term.

In Laon, the group visited the cathedral church and the ancient abbey of St. Martin—both places that influenced and later were influenced by the life and teaching of St. Norbert. It was Bishop Bartholomew of Laon that helped St. Norbert establish the original Norbertine community in Prémontré.

After visiting Prémontré, the group spent a week at Mondaye Abbey (founded in 1202)—living, eating, and praying with French Norbertine confreres. The students also studied the vita aposolica (Acts of the Apostles), The Rule of St. Augustine, the Life of St. Norbert, and the Constitutions of the Order.

The group also had the opportunity to visit the D-Day Beaches, Mont St. Michel, and historic and beautiful sites of Paris.