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St. Philip's Priory, Chelmsford, England
  • Celebrating 10 years as an independent Canonry of the Order
    DEO OPTIMO MAXIMO FONTI OMNIPOTENTI GRATIAE ET BENEDICTIONIS FRATRES CANONIAE PRAEMONSTRATENSIS CAESAROMAGI DECADE JAM PERACTA A FUNDATIONE CANONICA GRATIAS DEVOTE AGUNT ET SANCTIS PATRIBUS AUGUSTINO ET NORBERTO SANCTISSIMAQUE VIRGINE MATRE INTERCEDENTIBUS SUPPLICES DOMINUM DEPRECANTUR UT AD SALUTEM ANIMARUM NECNON CONVERSIONEM … Continue reading
  • They call me the bacon priest
    Today we were happy to welcome Aid to the Church in Need to our parishes to tell us about the work of that venerable charity, and encourage the parishioners to include ACN in their almsgiving. As we have written before … Continue reading
  • Dryburgh Abbey
    Recently the Prior and two confreres visited Dryburgh Abbey in Scotland; Dryburgh was home to Adam of Dryburgh (c. 1140 – c. 1212) one of the most prolific British Premonstratensian writers, who became abbot of Dryburgh in 1184. The grounds … Continue reading
  • 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
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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