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 …

Eating Local: From Our Garden to Our Caf!

This morning’s harvest from our student-run community garden appears in this afternoon’s salads, thanks to an enthusiastic and well-organized group of gardeners.

Zambia Project Visit Turns Into Longer Commitment for Alums

Two women whose first trips to Zambia were made as students have returned to the country to continue their work in its schools.

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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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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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Catholic, Norbertine, Liberal Arts

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

Our mission

Being Norbertine

We share a 900-year long heritage infused with zeal, commitment, devout service and a loving spirit. When mission and heritage take such a living form on our campus, it's not hard to say that we're Norbertine and we're proud of it!

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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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Communion in Every Sense

The office of alumni and parent relations makes sure Norbertine spirituality is celebrated at alumni gatherings, with a Mass often included in the day’s events.

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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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Equally at Home at St. Norbert College

Amanda Kim, senior adviser for equity, diversity and inclusion, says the St. Norbert College already has experience of a changing culture, and is nearing an interesting tipping point in its history.

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Kazakhstani Conversation Connects Two-and-a-Half Green Knights

A St. Norbert thread draws together a young Kazakhstani alum and a 10-year-old looking for answers about the country of his birth.

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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.

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 of travel, service and learning under an innovative program that saw its launch this fall. 

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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 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.

“Life Goal: Make My Dad a Hard-Core Feminist”

On the first anniversary of our new center for issues of gender and identity, its director writes movingly on the story at the heart of its mission.

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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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Prison Study Unlocks New Doors

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


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Passages of Art

Art is more than the images that enrich our lives. Art also records our passages through time and place, says Jesse Borlen ’14. His research has taken him deep into three paintings in the college’s own collection. And it prompted him to curate an exhibit exploring those very themes – themes he connects to a long-standing and personal interest in immigration. 

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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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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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