Episode 010: Learning the Norbertine Way of Life


As Norbertines we are committed to a lifelong conversion of our ways. We realize that though the formal formation program may have come to an end, true formation continually evolves throughout one’s lifetime. Reflections On Norbertine Formation »

fôrˈmāSH(ə)n/    1. the action of forming or process of being formed.

When joining a religious community, one enters into a period of formation. While formation is a life-long endeavor for all of us, within the Norbertine community it involves a formal two-year period, known as “novitiate,” enabling men to discern their calling and vocation and to “grow harmoniously into a mature human and Christian person.” What exactly are these years like? How do men grow in faith and in community during this critical time?

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Episode 009: Walking the Tightrope: Contemplation and Action


“We strive to live with the tensions that are associated with the relationship between contemplation and action, community life and apostolates.” —The Mission of St. Norbert Abbey

God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation.

—Genesis 2:3

In a culture that values “doing” more than “being,” resting can be viewed as lazy and unproductive. According to Scripture we are called to rest, to take time for ourselves, our families and friends, and especially God. Like many religious orders, including Norbertines, all of us are called to live a life in balance—a life of contemplation and action. But how do we do this? What changes do we need to make in our lives?

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  • Moved By the Spirit (page 9)
    These Norbertines combine spiritual fitness with disciplined exercise. Read more to learn how the spirit moves them.
    Fall/Winter 2014
    Abbey Magazine

Episode 008: A Habit of Opportunity

Men are vested in the white habit of St. Norbert upon entering the Norbertine community.

Men are vested in the white habit of St. Norbert upon entering the Norbertine community.

The habit is an invitation to conversation, bearing witness to Christ.

If a man walked into a room wearing all white from head to toe, he would get noticed. At first glance it could be the Pope, or a ghost, or it could be a Norbertine in his white habit—an almost 900-year tradition and a symbol of the life he has chosen.

Compellingly and with a bit of humor, our co-hosts discuss their habit, the conversations that have occurred because of it, and their continual witness to God’s call.

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  • Habit By Mary
    By Kevin T. Di Camillo
    November 8, 2017
    Catholic Digest

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