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St. Philip's Priory, Chelmsford, England
  • St John Payne
    As if we can’t get enough liturgical feasting, today in Chelmsford is the feast of St John Payne (or Paine). Although he was an East Anglian man from Peterborough, and that his brother, by the time of John’s martyrdom in … Continue reading
  • A week of feasts
    Religious Orders tend to have their own liturgical calendars, and the Norbertines are no different, and this week sees a number of notable celebrations in our calendar. In the reformed calendar, the Feast of the Conversion of Our Holy Father Augustine … Continue reading
  • Photos from the Blessing of the Picture of OHF Norbert
    As we said in an earlier post a new painting has been commissioned from the bequest of a dear parishioner and friend of the Canonry, Allison Tibbatts, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the foundation of our Canonry and the 900th … Continue reading
  • A new painting of our Holy Father
    We are pleased to reveal today a new painting that was commissioned last year, thanks to the generous bequest of a young parishioner and our friend, Alison, who sadly died after a long struggle with cancer.  The painting was blessed … 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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