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St. Philip's Priory, Chelmsford, England
  • Brother Gregory’s Simple Profession
    On the feast of St Augustine last month, Brother Gregory made his simple vows. This means that he has made his vows of poverty, consecrated celibacy and obedience in this community for a period of at least three years, after … Continue reading
  • Preparing for the feast of St Augustine
    On Thursday we celebrate the feast of Our Holy Father Augustine, the founder of the canonical way of life, and so is rightly regarded as the Holy Founder of all canons regular. When St Norbert was establishing his community in Prémontré, … Continue reading
  • A notable Eucharistic anniversary
    Given the devotion to the Blessed Sacrament that our Order has, it seems fitting to mark a rather obscure anniversary that falls on this day. Today is the 750th anniversary of the promulgation of the Bull Transiturus of Pope Urban IV. If … Continue reading
  • Pilgrimage to Walsingham
    Yesterday, a number of the brethren went on pilgrimage to Walsingham with our parishes of the Holy Name of Jesus and Our Lady Immaculate, and the wonderful Mary Mother of God Chelmsford praesidium of the Legion of Mary. It was … Continue reading
The Canonry

Our community was established as a canonry of the Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré in 2004.

The Canons reside at St. Philip's Priory in Chelmsford where we serve two busy parishes. As well as the parishes, the canons are involved in a wide variety of apostolates that take them near and far. The apostolates taken by the Canons of St. Philip's reflect both the active and contemplative natures of our life. One canon teaches at university, another is a school chaplain, another a chaplain to a convent of Dominican sisters.

The parish apostolate is the main focus of our active life, but the contemplative nature also involves much labour. To this end the community is served by a dedicated cantor as we strive to make our worship of Almighty God the most solemn and beautiful way it can be. Recently our community celebrated its first ordination and we are fortunate to have students for the priesthood, preparing both for ordination and solemn vows and studying to that end.

As Canons of the Order of Prémontré we hope that our life still bears witness to those first hopes and prayers of Our Holy Fathers Norbert and Augustine.

 

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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