Fr. Xavier Colavechio, O. Praem.

Fr. Colavechio celebrated the 60th anniversary of his priesthood ordination on June 5, 2015.

“I Am Never Alone”

Fr. Xavier Colavechio, O. Praem.

Fr. Xavier Colavechio, O. Praem.

Though I was attracted to the Norbertines because they were my teachers and I wanted to do just that, it did not take long for me to realize that living with a community of brothers was the heart and soul of our order.

Gathering with the confreres and those dedicated laity who join us in the daily singing of God’s praises in both Eucharist and the Divine Office gives meaning and joy to community life.

Anchored in prayer—both common and private—our life continues the ministry of our founder, St. Norbert, whose devotion to the Eucharist and the salvation of souls is well known. Whether teaching or preaching, writing or relaxing, counseling or meditating, I realize that I am never alone. Not only is the Lord with me, but also my brothers in religion have become part of who I am and who I am becoming. Their presence holds me up in difficult times and spurs me on in the service of the Lord, and has made it possible for me to expand my horizons as a servant in the vineyard of the Lord.

Read about the good and faithful friendship between Norbertines Fr. Colavechio, Fr. Stephen Rossey, O. Praem., Fr. Salvatore Cuccia, O. Praem., and Fr. Brian Prunty, O. Praem., in “A Lifetime Friendship” by Fr. Stephen Rossey, O. Praem., in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Abbey Magazine (pages 4-6).

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