Norbertine News

The good work of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey is recognized near and far. Also highlighted are eventful happenings at St. Norbert Abbey and at our Norbertine apostolates.


May 2017 Norbertine Ordination Celebration at St. Norbert Abbey

May 19, 2017

I hope my achievements shall be these:

  • that I will have fought for what was right and fair,
  • that I will have risked for that which mattered,
  • that I will have given drink to the thirsty,
  • that I will have welcomed the stranger,
  • that I will have clothed the naked,
  • that I will have cared for the ill,
  • that I will have visited the imprisoned,
  • that I will have left the earth a better place for what I’ve done and who I’ve been.
—Adapted from Matthew 25 and C. Hoppe

On Saturday, May 27, 2017, Rev. Frater Michael J. Brennan, O. Praem., will be ordained to the priesthood. The Mass of Ordination will be celebrated by Most Rev. David L. Ricken, DD, JCL, Bishop of Green Bay, at 2:30 p.m. in the church of St. Norbert Abbey.

On Sunday, May 28, 2017, the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord, Rev. Brennan will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. in the church of St. Norbert Abbey.


In the News

Faith calendar for May 20
May 20, 2017
South Bend Tribune


Rev. Frater Michael Joseph Brennan, O. Praem.

Ordination to the Priesthood

Statue of Saint Norbert of Xanten (1080-1134) | St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin | Sculptor: Paul T. Granlund

Statue of Saint Norbert of Xanten (1080-1134) | St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin | Sculptor: Paul T. Granlund

Deacon Michael Brennan, O. Praem.

Deacon Michael Brennan, O. Praem.

Deacon Brennan, 39, is the son of Michael and Dorothy Brennan of Michigan City, Indiana, and a son of Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Michigan City. His parents now belong to St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, Indiana.

Deacon Brennan was vested in the white Norbertine habit in August 2011 and professed Simple Vows in August 2013. He professed Solemn Vows on August 28, 2016, the Solemnity of St. Augustine, and was ordained to the diaconate the following day.

A 1995 graduate of Marquette Catholic High School, Michigan City, Deacon Brennan graduated from St. Norbert College (SNC), De Pere, in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology and a minor in religious studies.

In 2001 he received a Master of Education degree from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He was also named Teacher of the Year at Our Lady of Prompt Succor, White Castle, Louisiana (1999-2000), and at Ascension Catholic Middle School, Donaldsonville, Louisiana (2001-2002), and received the Young Alumni Award from SNC (2005).

Deacon Brennan completed his Masters of Divinity in May 2017 and anticipates completing an M.A. in Scripture in the fall of 2017. Both degrees are granted by Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.

After his priestly ordination, Fr. Brennan will be assigned to SNC, where he will serve in sacramental, teaching and vocation ministries.

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Upcoming Events with Deacon Brennan

at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey

May 24 | Coffee and Conversation with Deacon Michael Brennan, O. Praem.

September 29-October 1 | Beside Restful Waters: A Retreat for Men at Morgan Lake
Facilitated by (soon-to-be) Fr. Michael Brennan, O. Praem., and Tony Pichler

December 16 | Advent Series: Hear God’s Voice in the Deserts of Our Lives
Presented by (soon-to-be) Fr. Michael Brennan, O. Praem.

March 8-17, 2018 | A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
With spiritual host (soon-to-be) Fr. Michael Brennan, O. Praem.

Ongoing Program: Sunrise Scripture
Facilitated by (soon-to-be) Fr. Michael Brennan, O. Praem., Fr. David Komatz, O. Praem., Tony Pichler, and Kathie Tilot

Deacon Brennan Receives Faculty Choice Award

May 10, 2017

Deacon Michael Brennan, O. Praem.

In May 2017 Deacon Michael Brennan, O. Praem., received the Paul Bechtold Library’s Faculty Choice Award for his (now published) article, “Matthew’s Fifth Antithesis and Domestic Violence” at the symposium for Theophilus: The Student Journal of Catholic Theological Union (CTU), Chicago.

Deacon Brennan completed his Masters of Divinity this month and anticipates completing an M.A. in Scripture in the fall of 2017. Both degrees are granted by CTU.

In the News

Matthew’s Fifth Antithesis and Domestic Violence
Vol 4, No 1 (May 2, 2017)
Theophilus: The Student Journal of Catholic Theological Union (CTU)

St. Norbert Abbey Announces Administrative Appointments

May 8, 2017

Judy Turba

Judy Turba

Judy Turba has been named director of external relations and media advancement for St. Norbert Abbey.

She is involved with public relations and communications, including social media, website development, and video production oversight, and assists with strategic abbey initiatives and evangelization. Turba also is involved with vocation ministry, in which she conducts behavioral assessments for incoming seminarians, given her professional counseling background, as well as coordinates orientation sessions for parents and families of incoming seminarians. Her role as executive editor of Abbey Magazine will continue.

Turba has been involved with Norbertine institutions for more than 34 years, most recently serving as director and co-director of the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, as well as counselor, educator, and administrator at Abbot Pennings High School, Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, and St. Norbert College.

Katrina Marshall

Katrina Marshall

The role of Katrina Marshall, communications coordinator of St. Norbert Abbey, has been expanded to include overseeing all aspects of the website, designing all promotional materials, coordinating advertisement and marketing initiatives, as well as press releases, and writing for various publications. She is also assistant editor of Abbey Magazine. Marshall, a graduate of St. Norbert College, has been with St. Norbert Abbey for seven years.

In the News

St. Norbert College Honors Judy Turba for Distinguished Service to the Norbertine Community
October 17, 2016

Alumni Award Winners 2016
Fall/Winter 2016
St. Norbert College Magazine

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