Winter/Spring 2019

Norbertine Center for Spirituality


Tony Pichler
Tony Pichler

We have all been there. The candles have been blown out and wishes hopefully granted!  The wrapping paper has been ripped off the gifts and joyful thanks has been shared. Food and drink have been consumed and the guests have returned to their homes.  The celebration has been memorable. But that is just it–the celebration of the momentous occasion is just that—a memory. And now we need to wait until the next celebration.  But that doesn’t mean that life stops being lived. We just live in a more “ordinary time.”

That is what life is like around here at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality this winter and spring.  We just celebrated our 40th anniversary of the Center. And we also celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Abbey Church this past June.  So now what! Yes, we mark 900 years since St. Norbert founded his order beginning on the first Sunday of Advent this fall. But what is a person to do in the meantime?  Live in the “ordinary time.”

But here is the thing—life around the Norbertine Center for Spirituality is never entirely “ordinary!”  As you page through this program guide you will discover the immense possibilities—the opportunities for celebration, spiritual growth, and renewal.  We have some old favorites that we have been celebrating for years such as the Conrad J. Kratz, O. Praem., Abbey Lecture Series featuring Deacon Steve Meyer as well as the Best Lecture and Breakfast Series in which Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem., will dust off his absolute best lecture.  The Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women makes a return for its 11th appearance, albeit with a new format. And the Day for Men promises to be another great experience with four quality speakers, including Carol Bruess, Ph.D., breaking the gender line by becoming the first female speaker with her husband Brian.  

We have some exciting new opportunities for you as well.  Fr. Dan Horan, OFM, popular professor at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago as well as nationally syndicated columnist, will facilitate a twilight retreat.  Tom Kunkel is making a triumphant return to De Pere to discuss his latest book, Man On Fire.  Dan Robinson, popular host of the weekly Wisconsin Public Radio show, Simply Folk, will discuss the links between spirituality and folk music.   Also, Julianne Stanz will help us celebrate the High Holy day for the Irish—St. Patrick’s Day!

We do not have to wait around until the next grand celebration in order to experience joy and meaning in life.  We just need to keep our eyes, ears and hearts open to the possibilities that lie before us. And at the NCS, those possibilities occur every week!  We’ll keep a light on for you!


Tony Pichler


Upcoming Events at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality

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Date/Time Event
June 12, 2020 - June 14, 2020 – 7:00 pm - 11:00 am Walking with Jesus | A Silent Ignatian Retreat with Fr. Kevin Schneider, S.J.
Norbertine Center for Spirituality, De Pere Wisconsin
June 16, 2020 – 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Come, Live in the Light! The Windows of St. Norbert Abbey
Norbertine Center for Spirituality, De Pere Wisconsin
June 18, 2020 – 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Stories from the Graveyard: Celebrating Norbertines from the Past
Norbertine Center for Spirituality, De Pere Wisconsin
June 23, 2020 – 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm Summer Sunset Labyrinth Walk
Norbertine Center for Spirituality, De Pere Wisconsin
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