Novena

Novena for the Year of Consecrated LifeNovena for the
Year of Consecrated Life

February 9-17, 2015

Join us, each evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. for a talk with novena prayer for vocations to the religious and priestly life. At 8:00 p.m., Adoration with Compline (Night Prayer) with 9:05 p.m. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

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Autumn Newsletter
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If the constitutions of our Order could be summarized in one word, it would be communio or in English, "community". This concept conveys an attitude of placing the good of the community as the focus of one's daily prayer and sacrifice.

Late this past August, six young men, aged from 21 to 26 entered our abbey community. They are eager to learn more about our way of life and seek to respond to an intense call they feel burning inside. And learning about our way of life involves many things that we who have been here for years take for granted.
 
What does Consecrated mean?

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The Holy Father has designated this year as a time to foster, examine and be thankful for consecrated life.

Consecrate:
make or declare sacred; dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose.

Essential in the notion of consecrated life is the separateness that the word itself signifies, from the Latin con (an intensifier) and sacrare (dedicate), for religious life is nothing if not a life set apart for God and the things of God. Yet this separate quality has many facets in the Church: each Order or Institute brings a different quality to the notion of consecrated life, based on the intuitions of the founder.

But there will be common threads between all religious Orders - a pursuit of God across all the activities of the day, a goal of making holy (sanctifying) even daily work. It is under this lens of a consecrated life that the work, prayer and life of the Norbertine will be examined over the next year.
 
Vantage Point Gala

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On Saturday September 27th over 350 friends gathered in Newport Beach to share in St. Michael's 15th annual Vantage Point Gala. Abbot Eugene delivered a stirring thank you for those who already made major leadership gifts for the new abbey project. He invited each of these 16 couples to stand in order to receive the applause of those attending. A Norbertine schola sang both chant and polyphony.  In less than 15 minutes the same gathering of friends raised more than a quarter million dollars in response to a challenge grant offered by Pat and Deborah Powers.  These funds will help the seminarians move into a permanent home in Orange County - the new St. Michael's Abbey.

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