Autumn Newsletter
Autumn2014
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.
 
Update on the Land
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The new abbey project is moving forward.  Construction teams began grading the property in mid-July.  By the end of August they reached the level for the first buildings. These buildings lie in the northwest corner of the approved site and include a convent and chapel for the Rosarian Dominican Sisters as well as a maintenance area.  The Sisters have faithfully supported the Norbertine community since the late 1970s in preparing all the meals for the abbey's confreres and the prep school students. The maintenance area will store tools and equipment necessary to keep the new abbey as beautiful and smoothly running as the day on which it is blessed.  Those Norbertines who are working on keeping the current abbey site looking nice have high hopes for their future "palace of industry" as they fondly call it.
 
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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Inspiring Norbertines

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St. Michael's completes its second week of its very successful summer camp program.  What is the reason for its popularity?  Boys find the non-stop sports, substantial meals, and inspiring counselor-seminarians to be the best possible way to spend a day.  And to spend an entire week at camp makes it seven times better!
 
Often parents notice the positive change in their sons when they return from camp. Sometimes the change lasts a week or two and sometimes the change is permanent.  Today we highlight fr. Christopher Landhoff, Fr. Patrick Foutts, and fr. Linus Callon [as seen in the photo L to R].  All three of these Norbertines first heard God inviting them to a closer relationship with Him as summer campers.  As a seven-year old fr. Christopher thought that the seminarians he had as counselors were real-life super-heroes.  Frater Linus shared the same experience and made the same conclusion. Fr. Patrick was one of the counselors at that time and now he is the summer camp director for week two.  Please join us in prayer that all our boys will have a fun camping experience and that God will continue to call generous-hearted youth to the priesthood and religious life.
 
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