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St. Philip's Priory, Chelmsford, England
  • Friends for Lunch
    On Friday 30 September, we welcomed three friends for lunch. The first were the Revd John Cox and his wife, Joyce. John has been the minister of the local URC church, Christ Church, for several years. He and Joyce have … Continue reading
  • Foyles and the Premonstratensians: New Book Shop in Chelmsford
    Earlier today, three members of the our canonry attended the official opening of a new Foyles book shop here in Chelmsford. The invitation to attend was sent to the Prior by Christopher Foyle, owner of Foyles, who also owns Beeleigh Abbey – a … Continue reading
  • A Norbertine in Devon
    Brother Gregory has been to the Benedictine Abbey of Buckfast in Devon a few times this summer. The first time, he was leading a retreat for a parish that had kindly booked him for that purpose, and the second time was … Continue reading
  • Our Lady of Sorrows, 2016
    Today marks the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, which is kept as a solemnity in the Priory as she is one of the patrons of our canonry, together with St Philip Benizi. These photos were taken after First Vespers of Our … Continue reading

Welcome to the homepage of St. Philip's Priory, Chelmsford. The community is a canonry of the Order of Canons Regular of Prmontr (also known as Premonstratensians, Norbertines and the White Canons) whichwas founded in2004.

As Canons Regular our life is centred on the worthy celebration of the Divine Office and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Rule of St. Augustine, together with the Constitutions of our Order, are the leaders and guides of our life.

The Order was founded by Our Holy Father Norbert on Christmas Day 1121 when he and his companions made their first profession at Prmontr in the diocese of Laon, France; the place that was to become the mother house of the Order until the French Revolution.

The Canons first came to Britain in 1143 and at the time of the Dissolution had already established some 48 houses. In 1872 the Order was re-established in this country and to this day we strive to live according to the Rule of Our Holy Father Augustine and the inspiration of Our Holy Father Norbert, ready to be, as the motto of the Order states, 'ad omnes opus bonum parati', (prepared for every good work). We hope you will enjoy this visit to our site and will learn more about our life and history.

 

You Are My Order...

You are my Order. Just as bishops have their canons delegated to offer public prayer in their diocese, in the same way you are my canons, not just for one diocese, but for the universal Church.

- Pope Pius XI

St. Norbert on the Priesthood

O Priest, who are you?
You are not yourself because you are God
You are not of yourself because you are the servant and minister of Christ.
You are not your own because you are the spouse of the Church.
You are not yourself because you are the mediator between God and man.
You are not from yourself because you are nothing.
What then are you? Nothing and everything.
O Priest!
Take care lest what was said to Christ on the cross be said to you:
"He saved others, himself he cannot save!"

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