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St. Philip's Priory, Chelmsford, England
  • Br Stephen’s Priestly Ordination
    The Canonry is pleased to announce that our confrere, Brother Stephen Morrison O.Praem., will be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on 6th December 2014, St Nicholas’ Day, by our new Bishop of Brentwood, Dr Alan Williams SM. Please support Br … Continue reading
  • Year of Consecrated Life
    This Advent sees the start of the Year of Consecrated Life. We Christians are not called by God to live a life of mediocrity, but a life of perfection. The ideal of Christian perfection  is derived from the teachings of … Continue reading
  • Marriage and monasticism
    I was greatly privileged last night to be able to listen to a talk given by Fr Cassian and Fr Gregory from the Benedictine monastery in Norcia, in Italy, which is the birthplace of St Benedict. The address was on … Continue reading
  • Let your yes be yes, and your no be no
    Today in England is the feast-day of St Edward, king and confessor. His was one of the few shrines in England that was not destroyed at the reformation – presumably the tyrant King Henry thought it imprudent to destroy the … 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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