Hand-carved wooden statues of Norbertine saints and blesseds are on display in the St. Norbert Abbey dining room. Commissioned between 2011 and 2015 by Abbot Gary Neville, O. Praem., these custom works were designed and created by Josef Albl and sons of Albl Oberammergau woodcarvers in Germany.Hand-carved wooden statues of Norbertine saints and blesseds are on display in the St. Norbert Abbey dining room. Commissioned between 2011 and 2015 by Abbot Gary Neville, O. Praem., these custom works were designed and created by Josef Albl and sons of Albl Oberammergau woodcarvers in Germany.

Norbertine Saints & Blesseds

St. Norbert

St. Norbert

Sacred Norbertine ancestors cross many ages and nationalities—from the early members of the original community at Prémontré in France to the martyrs of the order in the Holy Land, and from the challenges of the reformation to the crises of the modern era.

Throughout and beyond the centuries-old existence of their order, outstanding Norbertine men and women of heroic virtue remain sources of edification, inspiration, and models for daily life.

Many disciples of Norbert attained sanctity and were drawn to his way of life, helping to further his ideals and values. Some followers left their high status as nobility and humbled themselves to found new houses of the order. Others used their talents as administrators, scholars, preachers, and teachers, and still others simply served with generosity and humility.

Premonstratensian Calendar

As with every diocese and religious order of the Catholic Church, Norbertines fully celebrate the solemnities, feasts, memorials, and ferial days as scheduled on the Roman calendar. Given the ancient traditions and influence of the Norbertine Order in nearly 900 years, we also honor our own Premonstratensian calendar of Norbertine saints and blesseds.

November 13 marks the memorial of all saints and blesseds of the Norbertine Order. In addition to Norbert of Xanten, the Holy See has confirmed 19 canons and canonesses. We celebrate their feast days throughout the course of the year within the liturgical calendar.

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The Hagiologion

The following are edited excerpts for the sacred ancestors of the Norbertine Order, taken from the Hagiologion, the Lives of the Saints and Blessed of the Norbertine Order, edited by Donatian DeClerck, O. Praem., Postulator General of the Order, and Gabriel Wolf, O. Praem., and translated from the German by Hubert Szanto, O. Praem.

After the canonization of Norbert in 1582, confreres with literary talents collected the names and deeds of the servants of God, who manifested the glory of the Order of St. Norbert. Their writings, as well as works published in our own day, were consulted in a spirit of historical criticism. These writings form the foundation of the Hagiologion.

In spite of all efforts, the Hagiologion cannot always meet historical-critical standards. It is above all a “book of spiritual reading for the course of the year,” which continues in creative fidelity the tradition of the works of Norbertine authors Van der Sterre (1625), Le Paige (1633), Van Craeywinckel (1664-1665), Lienhardt (1774), Van Spilbeeck (1887), and Ardura (2014).

The Ordo

Each event date listed below corresponds to the feast day of the particular Norbertine saint or blessed. Due to other Church celebrations, some feast days are celebrated on alternate dates, as prescribed by the annual Directorium Liturgicum from the Norbertine Abbot General in Rome.

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