European Norbertine Heritage Tour
St. Norbert College faculty and staff are invited to apply to participate in both the 2014-15 Cornerstones Seminar and European Norbertine Heritage Tour.
The year-long Cornerstone Seminar will consist of six meetings. One meeting each semester will be held on a Friday evening and Saturday morning at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality. These meetings will include reading, discussion, prayer, dinner and recreation with the Norbertine community on Friday night. Breakfast with further discussion will continue on Saturday morning. The other four meetings (two each semester) will be held on campus in conjunction with an evening meal. The facilitator for the seminar is Fr. Andrew Ciferni, O.Praem., director of the Center for Norbertine Studies.
Faculty and staff members who complete the seminar by attending all meetings and submitting a reflection about how they might incorporate their experience into their courses or work will be offered a $2,300 stipend toward the European Norbertine Heritage Tour.
Details of the 2014-15 Heritage Tour
Faculty and staff members who are offered a stipend are encouraged to apply for the upcoming heritage tour quickly since there are only 12 faculty/staff (stipend) openings. They will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The stipend may only be used to off-set costs of the trip. The estimated cost of the tour, not including airfare and some meals, will be around $3,300 (double room occupancy; add $800 for a single room). Faculty and staff participants often share a room to help keep costs down. Therefore, the cost for seminar participants will be around $1,000 plus airfare and a few meals. Airfare is expected to be around $1,200-$1,500.
Tour participants will schedule their own flights so they can arrive early or stay in Europe longer if they wish. Spouses and friends are also welcome to join the tour, at the full fare.
The tour will begin Friday, May 22, 2015 and will run for 13 days. In order to be in Europe on Friday, participants must fly to Europe no later than Thursday, May 21, 2015.
An initial itinerary of the trip can be viewed here. Please note that the major cities expected to be on the tour are Munich, Vienna, Prague and Berlin. There will also be day trips to abbeys and Norbertine sites from these central locations.
While the trip is two weeks, faculty are off contract and staff are expected to use one week vacation. The other week (for staff only) will be considered professional development.
As small groups of faculty and staff gain more knowledge about some of our foundational values and traditions, including the history and core values of the Norbertines, our identity will continue to become clearer and our mission will be advanced.
If you are committed and want Mission and Heritage to hold your spot, please email Catherine Kasten. A $200 deposit (checks payable to St. Norbert College) will be required by Feb. 21, 2014. If a spouse or friend is going on the Heritage Tour with you, an additional $200 deposit is required. We expect the seminar and trip to fill quickly.
Together, we will continue to make St. Norbert College a strong institution because we understand and are clear about our traditions, values and mission.
If you have any more questions about the 2014-15 heritage tour, please contact Catherine Kasten or Fr. Jay Fostner.