November 13 is the Feast of All Saints of the orders of Canons Regular, which includes the Order of the Canons Regular of Prémontré. There are numerous Norbertine saints, including the founder of the order, St. Norbert of Xanten. To learn more about some of the Norbertine saints, follow this link: NorbertineSanints
In 2021 the Order of Prémontré will celebrate 900 years since its founding. In spite of this rich nine-century history, most people know very little about the order’s founder. St Norbert College President Emeritus Thomas Kunkel recognized this issue and wrote a biography of St. Norbert of Xanten from a present-day perspective.
Man on Fire is written so a contemporary reader can understand and appreciate the life and accomplishments of Norbert, the founder of the Order whose followers serve on five continents. A limited number of copies are
available for sale at the Abbey library.
On November 13, 1893, Fr. Bernard H. Pennings and two other Norbertines arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey to establish what would become St. Norbert Abbey, the first permanent foundation of the Norbertines in the United States of America and the mother abbey of Santa Maria de la Vid. On this date in 1963, Daylesford Priory achieved independent status as a Norbertine Community. Today is also the birthday in 354 of St. Augustine, whose Rule the order follows.