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 …

TRIPS Students Serve With Alumni

Through the college’s service break program, education majors can now sign on to work with teachers at St. Anthony’s School in Milwaukee. The school’s professional staff includes an astounding 12 St. Norbert alumni.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kazakhstani Conversations 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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Prophetic Voice Calls for Justice

The much-anticipated visit to campus by bell hooks drew hundreds to the Walter Theatre for a challenging conversation about the struggle for equality.

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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.

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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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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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 independent research has taken him deep into three paintings in the college’s own collection. And it prompted him to curate an exhibit  exploring the passage of time and ideas in the context of art – themes he connects to a long-standing and personal interest in immigration. 

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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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