Living Norbertine

What does the formation of the Norbertine order in 12th-century France have to do with your life, here and now? It’s a question worth asking …

First-Years Feel Their Strengths

A strengths-finding exercise that is helping students identify their talents early in their college career is engaging the incoming class – and their parents, too. The program gives them a common language with which to discuss their strengths.

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A Treasure Carved by Hands Unknown

“Beams of sunlight illuminate the gentle nuances of the wood, the monstrance and archbishop’s cross held aloft by delicate hands. In the saint’s wonderfully expressive countenance, we grasp the sadness that his work as a peacemaker is never done; in the Eucharist and cross he holds, we understand his belief about the source of true and lasting peace.” Bill Hyland, founding director of the Center for Norbertine Studies, writes about one piece in the center's growing collection – a statue that holds particular meaning for him.


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Norbertine in De Pere

The first Norbertine community in the United States, now St. Norbert Abbey, was founded here. And our campus church, Old St. Joe’s, was the first college parish in the United States.

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The Inside Story

Anindo Choudhury (Biology) has spent two decades studying the delicate game played between host and parasite. The objects of this “inside story” have graceful curves and elegant features that the biologist has captured in extraordinary images.

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Catholic, Norbertine, Liberal Arts

Our three core traditions guide our common life at St. Norbert.

Our mission

Beautiful to Me

We put a single question to members of our extended community. We wanted to know, “What is it, here at St. Norbert College, that is beautiful to you?” Their answers build up a layered and lovely composite, an image of a unique place.

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People Matter

No matter the advances in technology, it’s still the people who shake the hands, make the decisions and dream up the ideas that make any organization hum. SNCs students of HR gain a particularly valuable perspective.

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Norbert of Xanten

Born in Germany in 1080, Norbert was the founder of the Order of Premontratensians, more commonly known as the Norbertines. Priest, bishop and later, saint, Norbert was known as a peacemaker, servant and reconciler.

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The Theology of Hospitality

A capstone course challenged four seniors to marry the Gospel message of hospitality with practical concerns facing cities like neighboring Green Bay: a place where God’s poor sometimes overflow available provision and those with no homes occasionally seek shelter within our own college community. 

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Worldwide Community

Norbertine abbeys, priories and convents are currently established and active in 23 countries:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.

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European Experience Enriches Seminar

The bounds of the honors tutorial experience stretched as far as Prague this winter for one group of students exploring the college’s roots in church history.  

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Gap Experience Offers New Gateway to Campus Life

College-bound students looking to stretch their wings between high school and St. Norbert can spend an adventurous first semester under a new program starting next fall. 

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docere verbo et exemplo

It is Latin for to teach by word & example, and it’s our motto at St. Norbert College.

The College Celebrates Its European Heritage

St. Norbert College, along with its founding abbey in De Pere, Wis., maintains strong connections with the ancient Norbertine abbeys of Europe.

Early Connections Endow Cadaver Lab

It was a love of science that first drew two pre-dental students together. Married for six years, the couple is now endowing a dissection lab to serve new generations of science majors.

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Center for Norbertine Studies

Explore the origins of our founding order, along with poems, letters, books and other early Norbertine documents.

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ARTHURSDAY Program Hosts International Artist

Egyptian artist Mohamed Abla to visit art history classes and various studios and conduct individual critiques of student artwork.

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Prison Study Unlocks New Doors

An unlooked-for experience as a minority of one brought new perspective for a St. Norbert senior looking to deepen her study of race relations and criminal justice.


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What is Norbertine?

We strive to uphold a few simple values: communio, action & contemplation, and faithful and local.

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A Whole New Light

A father and his daughter were once able to find common ground in discussions that reached across their differences. Years later, that relationship has inspired a space where similar conversations can flourish.

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One Year, $100, One Great Cup of Coffee

Meet Nell Benton ’01, who bought a Milwaukee café for a single C-note and is building a community along with her brand-new customer base.

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