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St. Philip's Priory, Chelmsford, England
  • Congratulations, Abbot Hugh!
    It is with great joy that we are able to announce that the Rt Revd Hugh Allan o.praem, Prior of our Norbertine Priory of Our Lady of Sorrows and St Philip Benizi, Chelmsford, has been appointed the Apostolic Administrator of the … Continue reading
  • 150th Anniversary of the Consecration of the Church of Our Lady Immaculate
    On Thursday 20th October, a  Mass of Thanksgiving for the 150th Anniversary of the consecration of the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Chelmsford, was celebrated by Mgr Canon Kevin Hale, Vicar General of the Diocese of Brentwood. The sermon was preached … Continue reading
  • Mass of Thanksgiving
    A Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Consecration of the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Chelmsford, will be celebrated by Mgr Canon Kevin Hale, Vicar General of the Diocese of Brentwood, at 7.30pm on Thursday 20th October. … Continue reading
  • Quarant’ Ore 2016
    Below are some photos taken during this year’s Quarant’ Ore Devotion, including images of the Solemn Mass of Exposition which opened the Forty Hours as well as photos of Benediction, which brought our devotion to an end. We give thanks … Continue reading
The Canonry

Our community was established as a canonry of the Order of Canons Regular of Prmontr 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 Prmontr 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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