Shaping Our Life and Times

Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey, Orange County, CA announce plans for new community in Springfield, IL

Centenary Jubilee of the Canonry of Jamtara 1923-2023

Fr. Karel Stautemas, O. Praem. tells the story of his many trips to Ukraine on his mercy missions.

Ongoing - October 9, 2022

In the anniversary year 2021, the Archdiocese of Paderborn would like to commemorate the work of the Premonstratensian order with a touring exhibition on church history. Back to the roots, the reflection on a simple life, which at the same time should be at the service of the community – today these values inspire, to which the community of the Premonstratensians committed itself 900 years ago.

Even today one can discover ten former monasteries and churches of Premonstratensians in the Archdiocese of Paderborn. The exhibition aims to trace this history and the importance of the “Norbertines” from their beginnings to the present.

At the sites of the former work of the Premonstratensians, the exhibition will not only present multimedia knowledge transfer but also selected testimonies, exhibits from museums, archives and private collections, which can be presented to the public for the first time in this context.

In the Diocesan Museum you can
see important art treasures, precious works of goldsmithing and medieval Bible manuscripts In 1120, Norbert von Xanten began building a monastery in the secluded Prémontré (Latin: Praemonstratum) valley in north-eastern France. In the following year he was able to found a small community there with a group of companions, which was to be named Premonstratensian from the place. Following the rule of St. Augustine, they lived as canons facing the world and therefore performed tasks “in the world”, especially in pastoral care in the country.

The largest order of canons in the Catholic Church grew over the centuries from the community of a few who strived for a life according to the ideal of the early Christian community in unity and lack of property. The first branch was established in Germany as early as 1122: in Cappenberg in the Münsterland.

A century later there were 600 Premonstratensian pens all over Europe, from Ireland to Hungary, from Spain to Sweden. The wider significance of the Premonstratensians, for example the role in science and education or the shaping of cultural landscapes as well as their innovations in the economy are highlighted, as well as the building of churches and the spiritual foundations of the reform order.

Exhibits relating to the individual former convents are intended to illustrate these focal points with the history of the respective branches for visitors.

Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey, Orange County, CA announce plans for new community in Springfield, IL

Dear Abbot General Jos Wouters, O. Praem and Definitors,

Prayerful greetings from St. Norbert Abbey Jamtara, Jabalpur, India!

I wish to inform you that Canonry of Jamtara will be starting its Centenary Jubilee year from 28th October 2022. 100 years of Norbertine Fathers’ presence in India will be completed in 2023. In view of this I wish to share with a brief history of Norbertine Fathers’ presence in India.

To summarize the trips to Poland/Ukraine. The trips to Ukraine has expired as follows: At one point I received a message via my confrère Father Johan, whether I did not want to bring goods to Ukraine? He knew someone in Ghent and who had a lot of goods to bring them to Ukraine. I looked at my agenda and decided, yes, I can have certain meetings postponed and so I left very quickly the next day for Ukraine with medical and emergency supplies and dry food and so on. The intention was to go for.

Normally I would have crossed the border to Lviv in Ukraine,  but because of a message that came in, that it was too dangerous one and two in coming back to Ukraine/Poland, there was a 4-day traffic jam. I’d better wait in the hotel at the border, for the refugees. But pretty soon I received a message to pick up other people at the station in Przmyle on the Polish border. They received a photo of me and I received a photo of them, so that I could immediately and fairly quickly bring the right people to Belgium.