The Norbertines at St. Michael’s Abbey have a new video out in honor of the 900th anniversary of their order and it highlights the powerful witness of their priests and seminarians and how they’re transforming the world every single day. Watch the new video here.
This year, the Norbertine Order celebrates the 900th anniversary of their founding by St. Norbert in Premontre, France. The Norbertines is one of the oldest orders in the Catholic Church, there are Norbertines all around the world, and today it’s one of the youngest, according to the demographics of its members.
St. Michael’s Abbey was established as a small community of 7 in the early 1960s. The Abbey currently has 55 priests and 31 seminarians, with 10 more entering this Fall — which will mean SMA will have 91 men at various stages of formation and service this Fall. The order is very young, demographically — the average age of the community is 44 years old. St. Michael’s Abbey had a boarding school for boys from the 1970’s to 2019, and hosted an annual summer camp for over 40 years, which between the two touched the lives of over 100,000 boys through the years.
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To learn more about the architecture and art, watch Uniting Heaven and Earth.
The Norbertine Order was founded by St. Norbert in 1121 A.D. and is one of the oldest Catholic orders in the world. St. Michael’s Abbey Norbertine Fathers have served the Christian faithful in Southern California for more than 50 years—“lifting high the Holy Eucharist over the miseries and errors of this world” (Saint Pope John Paul II). The abbey in Orange County consists of over 100 priests and seminarians who serve the community in numerous ways —from teaching religious education in prisons to serving as chaplains to colleges, the military, and communities of religious women.
The above comes from an email sent on August 12.