Graham Golden - Thursday, January 07, 2016

Back to Basics: Getting to the Heart of the Spiritual Journey

with Fr. Michael Fish, OSB Camaldolese

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.



Pope Francis said recently, “We are not living in an era of change but in the change of an era."

This new era is challenging us to find a new language for our relationship with the Divine, ourselves and our world. In our morning together we'll look at this challenge and begin reflecting on how to live the Gospel in our present situation. We will explore "Learning a new Language," and, in the words of Annie Dillard, "Stalking the Gaps" in our hearts and lives. Hopefully our time together will facilitate our quest for God and God's search for us.


Rev. Michael Fish, OSB Cam, is a native of South Africa. After 26 years as a Redemptorist, Michael left the Redemptorists and South Africa and became a Camaldolese Benedictine at New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, California. This was in response to a persistent desire for a more contemplative way of life. Michael has been given permission by his community to explore solitude and the way of the hermit in greater depth. He currently lives as a hermit, in solitude and prayer. Solitude is only part of his calling; he offers retreats, talks and spiritual direction to his brothers and sisters in religious and lay communities.



No registration required. Free-will offerings are greatly appreciated!



Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey/Norbertine Spirituality Center

5825 Coors Blvd. SW, Abq., NM, 505-873-4399 

Immaculate Conception and Year of Mercy!

Graham Golden - Thursday, December 03, 2015

What better way to kick off the Jubilee Year of Mercy than with a holy hour and Mass?! Join us at the Norbertine Community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey on Tuesday December 8th, the Immaculate Conception, to begin this grace filled year.


We will start with solemn vespers (evening prayer) at 5:30 PM,

followed by a holy hour and opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation from 6-7 PM,

and end with mass at 7:15PM.


Join us for any and/or all of these liturgies as you are able.


Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey is one of the official pilgrimage sites throughout the diocese for this Year of Mercy and we are happy to have the opportunity to welcome you and pray with you.

Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey is located at 5825 Coors Blvd. SW Albuquerque, NM 87121. For more information or questions please call 505-873-4399 ext. 237 or check out our website

Seven String Barbed-Wire Fence: The Many Faces of Latino Immigration in the U.S.

Graham Golden - Thursday, September 17, 2015

by Diana Molina, Regional Artist & NM Humanities Council Chautauqua Scholar


Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:00 p.m. 

at Guadalupe Commons, Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey


Seven String Barbed-Wire Fence aims to provide a balanced, informative account of the often emotionally-charged issue of Latino Immigration to the U.S. A polyphonic multimedia presentation gives a human face to the issue: different voices, independent and disunited are bound by the common theme of immigration. Photos, montages, three-dimensional installation examples, and a short video document the formidable barriers along the border environment and provide a comprehensive portrayal of the actors and arguments within the post-9/11 debate over policy reform.

Sponsored by:
New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
New Mexico Humanities Council
St. Norbert College

Icons and Symbols of New Mexico

Graham Golden - Thursday, September 17, 2015

By Diana Molina, Regional Artist &
New Mexico Humanities Council Chautauqua Scholar

Tuesday, October 6 at 10:30 AM
Our Lady of Guadalupe Commons, Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey

An eclectic and educational portrayal that embodies the spirit of
New Mexico’s heritage through symbols and iconographic
Sponsored by:
New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
New Mexico Humanities Council
St. Norbert College  

Becoming One With God

Graham Golden - Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Celebration of Teresa of Avila's 500th Birthday!


Saturday October 17, 2015

9:30a.m. - Noon 

Led by Fr. Francis Dorff, O. Praem.



  If there ever was a subtitle to Saint Teresa’s life, it would have to be
“becoming one with God.” Basically, that is what her whole life and
all of her spiritual teaching is about. That is why she was suspected
of being a heretic in her day. And that is why she was subsequently
recognized by the Catholic Church to be a saint, a prophetic reformer,
a mystic, an extraordinary spiritual guide, a gifted theologian, and a very
 holy Christian woman. In the first half of this morning, we will let
Saint Teresa show us the way through the magnificent Interior Castle
in which our own soul lives and in which we become fully one with God.
This morning will combine brief presentations with time for reflection,
comments, questions and discussion.



To Heaven and Back: The Journey of a Roman Catholic Priest

Graham Golden - Monday, September 07, 2015

Presentation and Book Signing by:
Rev. john M. Tourangeau, O. Praem. 


Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-Noon



  Fr. John Tourangeau, who had an afterlife experience following a major heart attack, emphatically states, "Yes, Heaven is for real!" Within this enlightening and hope-filled presentation, Fr. John weaves a powerful and dynamic tapestry of the Kingdom of God at hand through exploration of Christian tradition, Sacred Scripture, Catholic teaching, personal experience, and references from several popular books on heaven.


Fr. John is currently in the dissertation phase of a PhD in Organization Development (Benedictine University, Lisle, IL), preaches parish missions, and speaks nationally on Heaven. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of Serenity Home Health Agency (Las Vegas, NM) as spiritual director and organizational consultant. He holds advanced degrees in Theology, Social Work, and Business




Contact Information:

Rev. John M. Tourangeau, O. Praem.

St. Norbert Abbey

1016 N. Broadway

De Pere, WI 54115



Ordination to the Priesthood of Graham R. Golden, O. Praem.

Graham Golden - Thursday, June 18, 2015

With Thanksgiving and Praise to the Living God, 

The Norbertine Community of Santa María de la Vid Abbey and the Golden Family joyfully announce the
Ordination to the Priesthood of Graham R. Golden, O. Praem.

All are invited to attend this event at 10:00am on Saturday June 20th at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Albuquerque New Mexico. 

For those of you unable to be present in person, we invite you to participate in this sacred event virtually! 

The Mass of Ordination will be live-streamed here.   



If you are having trouble viewing the embedded stream here, you may go directly to the following URL: 

Conversations on Poverty

Graham Golden - Monday, January 26, 2015


How are we, as a faith community, called to address poverty? In this recording, we cover the mindset of how we perceive “the poor” in our tradition, our response and responsibility as a Church and the way we bring our perspective to the public sphere to tackle this issue.

Our seminarian Graham Golden, O. Praem. discusses issues of poverty with Ashley Collins, the director of communications for the Office for Peace and Justice of the Archdiocese of Chicago. 


Listen to their podcast here! 



National Gathering of Norbertine Associates

Graham Golden - Thursday, September 25, 2014

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

Br. Graham on the radio!

Graham Golden - Sunday, September 21, 2014

Br. Graham Golden participated in a radio interview on the show Winds of Change in Chicago, IL with Jude Huntz, the director of the Office of Peace and Justice for the Archdiocese of Chicago.  They discussed the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.   

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Christmas Season Liturgy Schedule22-Dec-2015

Christmas Eve 
Thursday, December 24

  • Morning Prayer: 8:00am
    followed by Eucharist
  • Evening Prayer, 5:00pm

Christmas Day
Friday, December 25

  • Morning Prayer, 8:00am
  • Eucharist, 9:00am
  • Evening Prayer, 4:30pm

Feast of St. Stephen
Saturday, December 26

  • Morning Prayer, 8:00am
    followed by Eucharist
  • Evening Prayer, 6:00pm
    (first vespers of the Holy Family)

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph
Sunday, December 27

  • Eucharist, 9:00am
  • Evening Prayer, 6:00pm

New Year’s Eve
Thursday, December 31

  • Morning Prayer, 7:30am
    followed by Eucharist
  • Evening Prayer, 6:00pm
    (first vespers of Mary Mother of God)

New Year’s Day, Mary Mother of God
Friday, January 1

  • Morning Prayer, 8:30am
    followed by Eucharist

Year of Mercy Celebrations

  • Evening Prayer, 5:30pm
  • Adoration for Peace & Reconciliation (Confessions), 6:00pm
  • Abbatial Mass, 7:15pm

Feast of the Epiphany
Sunday, January 3

  • Morning Prayer, 8:00am
  • Eucharist, 9:00am
  • Evening Prayer, 6:00pm


Come celebrate! The 3rd Anniversary of Taize in the Desert!24-Jun-2015

This Friday we will celebrate three years of the Taize in the Desert ministry!  Come enter in the contemplative form of prayer through song, scripture, and silence. 7:30pm Friday the 26th of June in the Abbey Church. 


Open House This Sunday 2-4pm 09-Jun-2015

Come join us for our Open House this coming Sunday, June 14th, from 2-4pm. All are welcome to see the Abbey grounds and meet those involved in our life of community, contemplation, and compassionate service.

5825 Coors Blvd. SW Albuquerque, NM 87121 

Taize TONIGHT! 27-Mar-2015

Prepare for Holy Week with prayer, song, and silence! Come experience Taize contemplation and devotion. TONIGHT 7:30 at the Abbey.

Taizé in the Desert is BACK! THIS FRIDAY! 26-Feb-2015

We’re back!!!! Taize in the Desert is officially back for 2015!

THIS FRIDAY February 27th at 7:30pm 

Leave the noise of modern life behind for an evening of prayer!
Build your relationship with Jesus Christ through song, scripture, silence and contemplation with the young adults of the Archdiocese!
Attend the next prayer service in the spirit of Taizé, a French monastic community.

All are welcome.

This is an ecumenical and interdenominational form of prayer.
Youth and young adults are especially encouraged to participate.
Taizé is a spirituality that is easy to experience and hard to describe.
Invite your friends and family.  

An Encounter with Thomas Merton: Themes of his journey and ours26-Jan-2015

You are invited to celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the most influential Catholics of the 20th century—Trappist monk Fr. Thomas Merton, on Saturday, January 31, 2015. 9:30am-Noon in Guadalupe Commons here at the Abbey. Click here for more information.


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