National Gathering of Norbertine Associates
September 25 – 29, 2014
Prayer, Meditation, Pilgrimage, Fellowship, Renewal
This month, Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey is hosting the Third National Gathering of Norbertine Associates. The two previous meetings were held at St. Norbert Abbey in 2008 and at Daylesford Abbey in 2011. The new Our Lady of Guadalupe Commons will be the site for most of the meetings and meals of the gathering which will include nearly 50 Associate members of the Norbertine Community. Old friendships will be rekindled, and new ones will be formed as the group prays together, shares meals in common, and is immersed in the spirituality of the Southwest on this holy ground.
On Friday the 26th, the event will include a prayerful pilgrimage to holy sites in Northern New Mexico including the Jemez Pueblo ruins, the Santuario at Chimayo, and Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe. On Saturday the 27th, the participants will reflect on how Native American and Hispanic spirituality has shaped the Norbertine experience in Albuquerque. Saturday will conclude with Taizé Prayer at the Abbey. On Sunday the 28th, the group will participate in the celebration of the Eucharist at the Norbertine parish of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, and enjoy lunch together followed by a business meeting. From there, the group will travel to Isleta Pueblo for a visit to St. Augustine parish church, also staffed by the Norbertines.
Hosting this important event has been the most significant undertaking in the 13 year history of the current Associate group here at Santa Maria de la Vid. On September 4, 2012, after several months of thoughtful discernment, the Associates of the Abbey reached a consensus decision to move forward with hosting the 2014 gathering. A 2014 Steering Committee was formed, and a series of sub-committees were created to manage the effort. After two years of planning and contributions by all of the local Associates and a number of the professed, the event is upon us. Like a good liturgy, when all the preparations are complete and the prayer begins, the Holy Spirit takes over! We look forward to a rich experience of Norbertine communio and the many other blessings which will surely be enjoyed during this very special gathering.
Ken Griesemer, Chair of the 2014 Steering Committee