About the Norbertines

The Canons Regular of Prémontré — also known as the Premonstratensians, Norbertines or White Canons — are a group of Roman Catholic priests, brothers and sisters. We lead communal lives in priories, abbeys and convents across the world, yet involve ourselves heavily in activities outside of our houses.

who we are

The order’s reach extends to six continents and is made up of more than 1,600 members, including priests, brothers, deacons and novices, as well as nuns and sisters.

who was st. norbert?

The beginnings of the Order of Prémontré can be traced back to its charismatic founder, Norbert of Xanten. Priest, bishop and, later, saint, Norbert was known as a peacemaker, servant and reconciler.

history of the order

At a time when the 11th-century Church was teeming with reforms, Norbert of Xanten was not only a man of deep prayer and spirituality, but also one aggressively interested in the needs of the people.

saints and blesseds

Throughout and beyond the centuries-old existence of the order, outstanding Norbertine men and women of heroic virtue remain sources of edification, inspiration and models for daily life.

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