Seven young men participated in the “Come and See” weekend in 2012. Pictured (left to right) are Matt Ferch, Nordan Neeck, Aaron Van Treeck, Matt Mahon, Rev. John Tourangeau, O. Praem. (Vocation Coordinator), Mickey Delaney and Rev. David Komatz, O. Praem. (Director for Formation). Not pictured: Aaron Lang and James Patz.
The Vocation Discernment Weekend began on Friday afternoon and concluded with Mass and lunch on Sunday. Several Norbertines gathered throughout the weekend with the men in discernment to dialogue with them and share their own vocation stories. Some of the weekend highlights included presentations on Norbertine Charism and Personal Prayer by Rev. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem., and Rev. James Baraniak, O. Praem.; Catholic Imagination and the Art of Vocation by Rev. James Neilson, O. Praem.; Religious Life: A Conversation with the Fraters by Fraters Jacob Sircy, Brad Vanden Branden, Michael Brennan and Patrick LaPacz.; and Stages of Discernment and Formation by Rev. John Tourangeau, O. Praem., and Rev. David Komatz, O. Praem.
Daily sung Morning and Evening Prayer, Mass, Night Prayer (Compline) and quiet time were central to the discernment weekend, as they are foundational to our Norbertine way of life. Norbertines are grounded in Prayer, Eucharist and Common Table, from which we are sent forth to our particular and corporate ministries. Finally, the weekend included time for recreation, conversation and the annual holiday Abbey Organ and Brass concert.
Please join us in daily prayer for those in vocational discernment,
that they will hear God’s call and respond with generosity:
Thank you for the gift of life
and creating us in your image.
Guide our efforts to know
Help us discover, contemplate,
and respond to your call.
Give us the grace and humility
to embrace the mission of
Jesus, your Son.
Bless the Church of St. Norbert
Abbey with faithful servants who
prophetically live the Gospel
message of justice and love.
Help us to be of one mind and
heart on our way to You.
Through Christ our Lord.
For more information on vocation discernment and a potential visit to St. Norbert Abbey, please contact:
Rev. John M. Tourangeau, O. Praem.
Vocation Coordinator and Pastor (St. Norbert College Parish)
St. Norbert Abbey
1016 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115
920.337.4333 (St. Norbert Abbey)
920.403.3075 (St. Norbert College)