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 …
Engage With Heart and Soul
“At this very moment, Father James Neilson is starting Mass at St. Norbert,” the Rev. Rowland De Peaux, O.Praem., ’48 tells one alumni gathering. “Let us join them in spirit.” Many alumni and parent events intentionally include such moments.
Unto the Next Generation
The Rev. Matt Dougherty, O.Praem., ’09 is ministering alongside some of his own former mentors in a year of teaching on campus before he moves on to doctoral studies.
A Long Journey to St. Norbert
Namayan Laizer ’20 grew up in a Masai village in Tanzania where her family cared for cows. Her upbringing is quite different from her classmates in other ways: her father has eight wives and she is one of 65 children.
Half the Human Race
The Year of Masculinities at St. Norbert has placed the college at the center of critical conversation in the field of masculinities studies.
What is Norbertine?
We strive to uphold a few simple values: communio, action & contemplation, and faithful and local.
Homeless and on Retreat
Spiritual retreats for homeless people offered at St. Norbert Abbey are offering hope and even fostering transformative changes in circumstances for people in challenging situations.
We Play as a Team
Physical challenges to individual players can also present a challenge to the whole team – a challenge that the women’s basketball team is meeting head on as it supports two team-mates.
Catholic, Norbertine, Liberal Arts
Our three core traditions guide our common life at St. Norbert.
The Way I See It
Experts from around the country gathered at St. Norbert College for a significant conversation on “The Way I See It: Catholic Higher Education Through the Eyes of Our Students.”
East German Norbertines Do Business in Magdeburg
A very Norbertine perspective is showing that an ethical approach to business can help businesses not only succeed but flourish.
docere verbo et exemplo
It is Latin for to teach by word & example, and it’s our motto at St. Norbert College.
People of the Street
A think-piece by Maggie McConnaha ’18 gained a national audience when it was published in the national Catholic magazine America. McConnaha’s article grew out of a humanities course she took in her first year at St. Norbert that looked at the intersection of faith, art, beauty and community.
Good, Clean Fun
Some people get kicked out of bars. Jim Feeney ’68 and his team got kicked out of laundromats. Still, their zest for innovation and willingness to improvise led to the development of an industry-changing product.
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.
Scholarly Journey, Small Detour
Michelle Morrison ’11 took an unexpected detour on what was looking like a very grown-up scholarly path. She is delighting in the journey!
Statues on the Move
After 118 years, St. Norbert of Xanten at last commands a view over his eponymous college.
Center for Norbertine Studies
Explore the origins of our founding order, along with poems, letters, books and other early Norbertine documents.
Fast fashion depends on cheap prices made possible by sweatshops, child labor and over-consumption. Three St. Norbert faculty members are countering the situation with a series of events that shines a light on harmful practices – at the same time proposing practical, small-scale solutions for those who want a stylish closet that doesn’t depend on exploitation.
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.
A grassroots movement that arrived in Wisconsin with a new faculty member bears her stamp: that of a young artist concerned with the ways even city dwellers are called to care for and appreciate the land.
Waste Not, Why Not
Once dinner is done, the counters wiped down and clean dishes put away, it’s time to take out the trash. For the college’s kitchen staff, that means a short trip to the compactor and a remarkably light load.
Norbert of Xanten
Born in Germany in 1080, Norbert was the founder of the Order of Premonstratensians, more commonly known as the Norbertines. Priest, bishop and later, saint, Norbert was known as a peacemaker, servant and reconciler.
National Shrine of St. Joseph Returns to Campus
“Even the tenderness of the embrace, the adoptive father with the child, speaks of hope.” - the Rev. Jim Neilson O.Praem., ’88
A series of four triptychs that greets both budding and seasoned scientists at the entrance to the new Gehl-Mulva Science Center provides a scriptural resolution to the ongoing dialogue between science and religion, faith and reason. It is a conversation that lies at the heart of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
Women’s Paths to Political Leadership Draw Research Interest
118 countries around the world use gender quotas in politics – a fact that surprises many Americans, says Young-Im Lee (Political Science).
The (Not So) Great Divide
Wendy Scattergood (Political Science) challenges concerns about a sharply divided electorate: “Really, what we are seeing is nothing that’s not too far out of the ordinary. The Civil War – now that was the height of political polarization.”
Pet Project Caps off College
Linsey Zwiefelhofer ’16 had never described herself as a “dog person” until meeting her family’s new pet this spring. That didn’t stop the computer science major from jumping into a senior capstone project designed to help reunite lost dogs with their worried owners.
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!
The Quest for Community Takes a Young Grad Student on a Journey to Sister Joan
Inspired by the writings of “a maverick Benedictine nun,” Breanna Mekuly ’12 determined to seek out Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. Read her account of that new path.
Puppy Presence Brings Love to Campus
Not every college can boast they have a campus dog, but it’s a distinction St. Norbert College is delighted to own.