Fall/Winter 2017


AbbeyFest

As seen in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Abbey Magazine (page 19)

AbbeyFest 2017

AbbeyFest 2017

On August 6, the second annual AbbeyFest was held beginning with Mass celebrated by newly ordained Fr. Michael Brennan, O. Praem., followed by abbey tours, children’s games, and a delicious barbeque. The abbey grounds were alive with music, laughter, and appreciative attendees.

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Labyrinth Walk

As seen in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Abbey Magazine (page 19)

Frater Johnathan Turba, O. Praem., cellist

Frater Johnathan Turba, O. Praem., cellist

The annual summer Labyrinth walk, held June 20, was attended by more than 50 people. Kathie Tilot offered information about this ancient meditative prayer form prior to the walk. Participants were accompanied by lovely cello music performed by Frater Johnathan Turba, O. Praem.

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Inside 1016: The “Scriptorium” of St. Norbert Abbey

As seen in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Abbey Magazine (pages 8, 12)

By Katrina Marshall, Gina Sanders Larsen, and Judy Turba

Ever Ancient, Ever New

From the outside looking in, St. Norbert Abbey seems timeless: the stone exterior, slate roof, 160 acres of natural and landscaped beauty, and the shining cross atop the iconic bell towerever ancient.

Yet within the walls of the abbey considerable activity is taking place: a massive renovation to meet the growing number entering the doors of the abbey and Norbertine Center for Spirituality; an unused space transformed into a state-of-the-art communication center; and a recently launched podcastever new.

Take a look inside 1016.


A quill pen in the hands of a scribe calls to mind the long Norbertine tradition of writing, preaching, and teaching in service to God.

A quill pen in the hands of a scribe calls to mind the long Norbertine tradition of writing, preaching, and teaching in service to God.

The new communications center of St. Norbert Abbey officially has been named the Scriptorium, a Latin term meaning “a place for writing.” Most European monasteries devoted a particular room to writing, copying, and illuminating manuscripts. But instead of monks hunched over desks with flickering candles and ink-spattering quill pens, within the Scriptorium of St. Norbert Abbey there is a flurry of primarily digital activity—podcast development, website updates, social media management, video editing, and magazine production.

The space in the lower level of the abbey originally housed a Norbertine print shop (St. Norbert Abbey Press) and most recently served as the headquarters of the (since-discontinued) Norbertine mail campaign. Newly renovated from floor to ceiling, the Scriptorium now contains various offices, a conference room, meeting spaces, a soundproof recording studio, and editing stations. All abbey publications are coordinated here, including innovative forms of vocation communication. In response to expanding vocation inquiries, there is an Office for Norbertine Vocations not only on the St. Norbert College campus, but also now within the Scriptorium at the abbey.

Katrina Marshall (left) and Judy Turba work together in the newly established Scriptorium at St. Norbert Abbey—the communications hub for all abbey publications and social media.

Katrina Marshall (left) and Judy Turba work together in the newly established Scriptorium at St. Norbert Abbey—the communications hub for all abbey publications and social media.

The offices of Judy Turba and Katrina Marshall are located within the Scriptorium. Turba, executive editor of Abbey Magazine, is involved with public relations and communications, including social media, website development, and video production oversight, and assists with strategic abbey initiatives and evangelization. Given her professional counseling background, Turba also is involved with vocation ministry, conducting behavioral assessments for incoming seminarians and coordinating orientation sessions for parents and families of Norbertines. 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.

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

St. Norbert Abbey Social Media Scene

  • Almost every day something new is updated on www.norbertines.org—from relevant blog posts written by Norbertines to vibrant images and compelling upcoming events at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality. Be sure to add “check abbey website” to your weekly to-do list as you seek to be inspired or simply informed.
  • Young Norbertines like Frater Jordan Neeck, O. Praem., theologian in priestly formation at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, a primary administrator of St. Norbert Abbey’s Facebook page, say their generation often chooses to read information electronically. Follow us!
  • On any given day, Fr. Bradley Vanden Branden, O. Praem., chaplain at Green Bay’s Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, connects with more and more people through Instagram (StNorbertAbbey), sharing the abbey’s unique culture and environment through intriguing images and words.
  • Having frequently used Twitter in his professional life before entering the Norbertine Order, Frater Johnathan Turba, O. Praem., second-year novice and ministerial intern at St. Norbert College and St. Willebrord Parish, is a natural fit as manager of the @StNorbertAbbey account. Follow us for responsive quips and Tweets.
  • Search for and subscribe to St. Norbert Abbey on YouTube and visit us on Vimeo (Norbertines), where you will find exclusive clips of abbey celebrations, sounds of the organ, Norbertine interviews, spiritual reflection videos, and more.

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