Norbertine Center for Spirituality

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St. Norbert Abbey announces plans for the reopening of the Norbertine Center for Spirituality on September 7, 2021. The Center temporarily closed in August of 2020 due to the negative effects of COVID-19 and will reopen under the leadership team of the Very Rev. Bradley Vanden Branden, O. Praem., spiritual programming; Kathie Tilot, spiritual direction; and Michael Poradek, administration. The Center will continue to offer spiritual direction, along with individual and group retreats, presentations, and other offerings. 

Fall 2021 offerings will begin with a September retreat with Fr. James Nielson entitled “Sensing the Sacred”. Other retreats and events include topics such as the Year of St. Joseph, the spirituality of food and sharing meals, spirituality of simplicity, and the conclusion of the 900th Jubilee Year of the founding of the Norbertine Order. Rooms for private and group retreats/pilgrimages will also be available for reservations. Meeting and conference room space may be reserved by ministry and nonprofit organizations.

In collaboration with the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, the Abbey also announces the establishment of a new Liturgical Institute. The Institute will provide liturgical formation to serve the needs of liturgical ministers, pastoral musicians, catechists, clergy, and others. The Institute will be co-directed by Michael Poradek and the Very Rev. Bradley Vanden Branden, O. Praem. Fall 2021 programs include study/formation days for cantors, readers/lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, as well as a seasonal day retreat in preparation for the Advent and Christmas seasons.

The Norbertine Center for Spirituality is located at St. Norbert Abbey, 1016 N. Broadway, De Pere, Wisconsin and is an extension of the ministry and mission of the Norbertine Community. Reservations and program information will be available online. Reservations will be accepted beginning June 15, 2021. To schedule a retreat or to bring your group to the Center, please visit or contact or call 920.337.4315 for more information.

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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.

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