Open Doors, Unguarded Hearts The Norbertine Calling

Find fulfillment in a life of service and community. Join the Norbertines, a religious order for men.

Discernment

Every vocation is different, but the process of disposing ourselves to hear God’s voice is quite similar.

Curious about the day-to-day life at St. Norbert Abbey? What it’s like to be a Norbertine? Want to know more about the Norbertine mission?

The Norbertines are a religious order for men. St. Norbert Abbey offers a dedicated team of priests who minister to young men ages 18-40 considering a vocation to Norbertine religious life and/or priesthood. Vocation director Fr. Michael Brennan, O. Praem., strives to journey with vocation contacts, introducing them to Norbertine confreres and ministerial apostolates while answering questions about common life.

We invite you to ask any questions you might have regarding the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, religious life, or discernment. To speak with Fr. Brennan, call 920-337-4333 or e-mail vocations@norbertines.org. Young men joining us in advancing our mission is another way our canonical life remains “ever ancient, ever new.”

Come & See

Join the Norbertines for a weekend of prayer, fraternity, reflections on the Norbertines. If you are discerning, these three opportunities provide you the opportunity to come spend time in prayer, and conversation with the Norbertines of De Pere, WI.

Triduum Retreat

Join the Norbertines for a discernment weekend during the holiest weekend of the year, Holy Week. This is a silent retreat, in which you will attend prayer, and Mass and meet daily for spiritual direction.

Summer Retreat

This week offers the opportunity to have a deeper immersion in daily Norbertine Life. You will spend time in prayer, liturgy, visiting the different Norbertine apostolates and friends of the Norbertines in the Green Bay area.

Fall Retreat

This week is the most basic of the three retreats. During this weekend, you will be introduced to Norbertine Life which includes time for prayer, liturgy, and hearing witness talks from Norbertines.

Application Process

The Norbertines are a religious order for men seeking common life while working in the world. Before you submit an application to join the Norbertine Order, it is assumed that a relationship has been formed with us. Typically you would be involved in at least one year of discernment in dialogue with the Norbertine Vocations Team. If you are seriously contemplating joining the order, a spiritual director will be provided.

Contact the Vocation Director

Vocation director Fr. Michael Brennan, O. Praem., strives to journey with vocation contacts, introducing them to Norbertine confreres and ministerial apostolates while answering questions about common life.

Two Brothers, One Calling

Like most siblings, Frater Michael Brennan, O. Praem., and his younger brother Christopher Brennan, C.S.C., have their differences. Regardless of their contrasting hobbies and personalities, these brothers have something very special in common.

Surprised by Joy

In my lifetime in our Order, I’ve had the privilege of living in each of our houses for extended periods of time. Sharing experiences, revealing one’s own inmost thoughts, being provided the best education to utilize one’s talents, traveling to see and experience what one has spent a lifetime teaching about, are but a few of the joys I have been afforded.

The Gift of
Presence

Between January and May of 2017, I had the pleasure of partaking in an extended unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, otherwise known as CPE. CPE is the program for those who want to be certified chaplains and work in settings such as hospitals or nursing homes.

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