ur Spirituality, or Charism (meaning a gift from the Holy Spirit), is founded on the principles and life of the early Christians, the vita apostolica. Our way of life, or communio, is a unique expression in the fabric of Christian spirituality. We live a life of continual conversion through self donation, communal life, contemplation and compassionate service within a stable communal context of shared resources. We live and shepherd this Gift of the Spirit for the edification, renewal and salvation of ourselves, the Church and the world to live in unity as we journey to God.
he Dream of Prémontré:
Norbertine religious vowed to a lifetime of worship in all we do, gathering around us a communion of the baptized.
Drawn by our merciful and Triune God, We are called as baptized to follow the poor and risen Christ in a radical and apostolic way of life according to the Gospel, the Rule of St. Augustine and the charism of St. Norbert, founder of our Premonstratensian order.
Our way of life is marked by a lifelong seeking after God through fraternal community, a never-ending conversion by giving ourselves to the Church of our profession in communion with the self-emptying of Christ, in imitation of Mary pondering God’s Word, and in ceaseless prayer and service at the altar.
From the choir and altar we go to serve the human family in a spirit of simplicity, hospitality, reconciliation and peace for the benefit of the Church and the world, especially where Christ is found among the poor, the suffering and among those who do not know him.
We pray that what God’s spirit has begun in us may be made perfect in the day of Christ Jesus.
Norbertine Life is characterized by a daily and life-long balance and tension between shared fraternal community, contemplation and compassionate service.
Norbertine Life is lived in a context of continual conversion, a stability of place and community, and a communal sharing of all God's gifts.