Saints and Blesseds
Sacred Norbertine ancestors cross many ages and nationalities — from the early members of the original community at Prémontré in France to the martyrs of the order in the Holy Land, and from the challenges of the reformation to the crises of the modern era.
Throughout and beyond the centuries-old existence of their order, outstanding Norbertine men and women of heroic virtue remain sources of edification, inspiration, and models for daily life.
Many disciples of Norbert attained sanctity and were drawn to his way of life, helping to further his ideals and values. Some followers left their high status as nobility and humbled themselves to found new houses of the order. Others used their talents as administrators, scholars, preachers and teachers, and still others simply served with generosity and humility.
As with every diocese and religious order of the Catholic Church, Norbertines fully celebrate the solemnities, feasts, memorials and ferial days as scheduled on the Roman calendar. Given the ancient traditions and influence of the Norbertine Order in nearly 900 years, we also honor our own Premonstratensian calendar of Norbertine saints and blesseds.
November 13 marks the memorial of all saints and blesseds of the Norbertine Order. In addition to Norbert of Xanten, the Holy See has confirmed 19 canons and canonesses. We celebrate their feast days throughout the course of the year within the liturgical calendar.