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Podcast Episode 026: “Yes. I mean no. I mean …”

Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’

—Matthew 5:37

When it comes to balancing work in life, it often comes down to deciding to say “Yes” or “No.” This is no easy task! Our podcast co-hosts reflect on some decision-making in their own lives, and how ordering this discerning process toward God has guided them to finding the best way to move forward. Sometimes even a “No” surprisingly opens doors that actually are saying “Yes” to God.


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Podcast Episode 024: Why We Stay

Pictured: Deacon Jordan Neeck, O. Praem., is ordained to the diaconate by Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay. Br. Jacob Sircy, O. Praem., serves as acolyte.

“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

—Matthew 10:39

Experiencing some major milestones in their formation, our co-hosts reflect on their profession of vows within the Norbertine community and call to Holy Orders. Within the podcast they compellingly share their journey filled with uncertainty, hope, and faith and how they wholeheartedly were able to say “yes” to God and to their community.


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Why Br. Jacob Sircy, O. Praem., Chose Norbertine Life

Br. Jacob Sircy, O. Praem., walking in a Chicago South Side neighborhood.

Br. Jacob Sircy, O. Praem., walking in a Chicago South Side neighborhood.

By Br. Jacob Sircy, O. Praem.

During my discernment, I found myself being drawn to the Norbertines first and foremost because of community life.

I became fully aware about what community support meant upon the death of my brother in 2015. My hometown is close to three hours away and I will never forget the sight, upon looking out on the congregation, of almost 15 Norbertines, in full habit, sitting in the pews.

The presence of Norbertines at two very difficult times of my life showed me the blessing of community life …

—Br. Jacob Sircy, O. Praem.

A few years earlier, my stepfather passed away, and many Norbertines also attended the funeral. The presence of Norbertines at two very difficult times of my life showed me the blessing of community life, for which I am most grateful.

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