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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
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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