Why Fr. Ken De Groot, O. Praem., Chose Norbertine Life
By Fr. Ken De Groot, O. Praem.
When I think about what attracted me to Norbertine life, three thoughts come to mind:
- I attended a Norbertine high school where almost all of my teachers were Norbertines. They were very dedicated men who cared about the students and they seemed happy. I was thinking about becoming a teacher at that time and now realize what wonderful role models they were.
- My uncle was in the Norbertine Order—a very fine man, who also played a role in my decision.
- My faith-filled parents also were instrumental in my decision. They were wonderful people who believed a priest in the family was a blessing from God.
It is such a joy working with people from another culture …
—Fr. Ken De Groot, O. Praem.
My greatest blessing as a priest has been the opportunity to serve. I served 20 years as a teacher at Abbot Pennings High School, 35 years as pastor of a parish, and 30 years ministering to the Hispanic community.
This ministry in particular has invigorated my desire to continue to serve, even though I am in my 80s. It is such a joy working with people from another culture who are poor, who have suffered—and continue to suffer—yet are very resilient, facing adversity with a profound faith.
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- Coffee and Conversation with Fr. Ken De Groot, O. Praem.
December 12, 2018 | 10-11 a.m.