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?
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 920.403.3012 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Young men joining us in advancing our mission is another way our canonical life remains “ever ancient, ever new.”
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.
Ideally, discernment will include attending a retreat at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, Wisconsin: a vocation retreat, a personal retreat, the annual Triduum retreat, or all of the above. As your relationship with the community deepens, a member of the Norbertine vocations team will arrange for you to meet with the Norbertine formation director, the prior of the community, and the abbot. At the same time, we will introduce you to various Norbertines including fraters and brothers currently studying in the formation program.
If there is a feeling of mutual comfort between us, you may request an application to join our way of life. The application process (which often takes six months to complete) requires the following information:
- application form
- personal spiritual autobiography
- three personal or character references
- academic transcripts
- sacramental registry
- comprehensive psychological and physical examination and evaluation provided by the Norbertine Order
Once completed, these materials are forwarded to the abbot and his council for approval.
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