Norbertine News


Making a Difference—One Lunch at a Time

December 11, 2017

On November 30, 2017, 34 St. Norbert College students visited St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter as part of their Sacred Art and Architecture class taught by art professor Fr. James Neilson, O. Praem.

“When they heard what was going on at the shelter, they all wanted to take part—they all wanted to do a little something and we decided let’s do something as a group, lets blend this into the class,” said Fr. Neilson.

The students donated money to make 80 bagged lunches for the shelter as well as dozens of backpacks and hoodies, something residents need at the shelter.

“This is a class that recognizes what is most sacred in the world is human dignity … and if we can help attend to that then we all feel like we’ve succeeded increasing our awareness of that which is truly sacred in the world,” said Fr. Neilson.

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Norbertine Publishes Chapter on “Lessons from a Catholic Campus”

October 31, 2017

Student Life in Catholic Higher Education: Advancing Good Practice

Student Life in Catholic Higher Education: Advancing Good As seen in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Abbey Magazine (page 20)Practice

As seen in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Abbey Magazine (page 20)

Fr. Jay Fostner, O. Praem., Ph.D., vice president for mission and student affairs and assistant professor of psychology at St. Norbert College, recently published “The Death of a Student: Lessons from a Catholic Campus”—one of 34 chapters in the book, Student Life in Catholic Higher Education: Advancing Good Practice.

Published by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, this book is meant to be a very practical guide for new student affairs leaders at Catholic colleges and can be ordered online: www.accunet.org/publications.

Green Bay Packers Honor Norbertine for 6,000+ Hours of Service

October 30, 2017

Fr. Ken De Groot, O. Praem., reflects in the cemetery of St. Norbert Abbey.

Fr. Ken De Groot, O. Praem.

Fr. Ken De Groot, O. Praem.

Fr. Ken De Groot, O. Praem.

The Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey is proud to announce that Fr. Ken De Groot, O. Praem., is the recipient of the 2017 Green Bay Packers Give Back Award (senior category). This award honors volunteers who exemplify:

  • leadership,
  • dedication,
  • creativity, and
  • a commitment to improving the communities in which they live through volunteerism.

Fr. De Groot, co-founder of Casa ALBA Melanie Hispanic Community Resource Center for Green Bay (Casa ALBA Melanie), has volunteered 1,200 hours annually for the past five years, working tirelessly to raise funds for this organization.

Hopefully, our work at Casa ALBA Melanie helps move our community to work more closely together for the good and benefit of all.

–Fr. Ken De Groot, O. Praem.

Casa ALBA Melanie nurtures the well-being and wholesome development of all members of the Hispanic community in the Green Bay area. It serves as a hub for information and referral, bringing together persons seeking assistance with service providers in the community.

Regarding this award, Fr. De Groot shared:

Fr. Ken De Groot, O. Praem. (right) receives the Green Bay Packers Give Back Award (senior category) from Mark Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Green Bay Packers

Fr. Ken De Groot, O. Praem. (right) receives the Green Bay Packers Give Back Award (senior category) from Mark Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Green Bay Packers

“While I appreciate this honor very much as well as the recognition for Casa ALBA Melanie, this work is not something extraordinary as I believe we are all called to minister to the poor and needy in whatever situation we find ourselves.

This is at the heart of the Gospel message and I have been afforded this opportunity which also brings me much satisfaction as well as growth in my understanding of diversity and other cultures. We are all equal and deserve the respect and love of everyone.

I have been very much influenced by the numerous people who are associated with Casa ALBA Melanie and who give of their time and talents for the success of this ministry. Hopefully, our work at Casa ALBA Melanie helps move our community to work more closely together for the good and benefit of all.”

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