October 2009

Question:

Dear Abbot Pennings,

How many Norbertines are there at St. Norbert Abbey?

Frank McQuilkin ’53

Answer:

Dear Frank,

Thank you kindly for this inquiry about my fellow Norbertines at the abbey. There are currently 70 Norbertine fathers and brothers living either at St. Norbert Abbey or one of its four dependent houses. Those houses are: St. Joseph Priory in De Pere; the Holy Spirit House of Studies in Chicago; Santa Maria de la Vid Priory in Albuquerque, N.M.; and the Priory of St. Moses the Black in Raymond, Miss.

Worldwide, the Norbertine order numbers approximately 1,000 men and 300 women. A complete listing of current Norbertine houses by country can be found on the Prémontré web site.

Responses to “Ask the Abbot” questions are penned by St. Norbert College staff in the name of Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., who founded St. Norbert College in 1898.