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2023 Heritage Month Celebrations

During the month of October, we celebrate the history of St. Norbert College, founded in 1898 by the Rev. Bernard Pennings, O. Praem., and today the only Norbertine college in the world. This year we have multiple ways to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the college. 

All Month

Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Center for Norbertine Studies

Norbertine Heritage Display

The Center for Norbertine Studies, in conjunction with the St. Norbert College Archives and the St. Norbert Abbey Archives, continues its celebration of the 125th anniversary of the college by highlighting the life of three local Norbertine priests and scholars who greatly contributed both to SNC and the local community: Abbot Pennings, the Norbertine Who Founded A College; Anselm Keefe, the Norbertine who Went to War; and Bob Cornell, the Norbertine Who Went to Washington. We welcome all to visit the Center for Norbertine Studies on the 2nd floor of Mulva Library to view the three displays celebrating the remarkable life of these three individuals.

The displays will be open for viewing in the Center for Norbertine Studies, 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday, throughout the month of October.

Sunday Oct. 1, 2023

All week

SNC Trivia Contest Begins

SNC Students are invited to participate in a trivia contest to learn more about the college and its history. All entries will be entered into a drawing to win SNC swag from the bookstore.

The trivia contest will open Sunday, Oct. 1st at 10 a.m.! At that time a form will be live linked on this page, and on the mySNC event page.

The SNC Trivia Contest for Heritage Month will be open through Monday, Oct. 9th at 4 p.m. so the names of all SNC students who attempt the trivia contest can be placed into a drawing that will take place LIVE during the SNC Birthday and Homecoming Kickoff event in Baer Mall on Tuesday, Oct. 10th.

Note: The contest was extended through the SNC Birthday/Homecoming event to allow more students a chance to participate. Winners will be notified via email by the end of the day on Wednesday.

Sunday Oct. 8, 2023

11:10-11:30 a.m.

Pennings Activity Center

Blessing of Pennings Activity Center (former Abbot Pennings High School)

Plan to join us for brief parting blessing of Pennings Activity Center, the former Abbot Pennings High School, following 10 a.m. Mass at Old St. Joe's. All are welcome to gather for liturgy and continue on for a blessing at the PAC building beginning at 11:10 a.m. or, if you prefer, simply attend the blessing.

SNC faculty, staff and students are encouraged to RSVP through mySNC.

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023


7:45 a.m. Prelude
8:00–9:15 a.m. Breakfast and Award presentation

Michels Commons Ballroom

Founder's Day Prayer Breakfast and Award Presentation

The Founder’s Award at St. Norbert College is given to employees and students of the college in recognition of their contributions to the Norbertine spirit and tradition on campus.

Awards are given as part of a Heritage Week Prayer Breakfast for Founder's Award recipients and their guests, along with SNC faculty and staff.

In order to provide hospitality for those who plan to attend, please complete the Founder's Day Prayer Breakfast RSVP.

1-3:30 p.m.

Baer Mall

SNC Birthday and Homecoming Kick-off

SNC students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the college’s 125th birthday by having a piece of birthday cake and ice cream and participating in casual conversations as we celebrate our community and the founding of our college.

There will also be FREE Homecoming giveaways (first come, first served) and a schedule of events shared. You'll get insider knowledge to everything happening for Homecoming Week with exclusive details for prizes!

SNC faculty, staff and students are encouraged to RSVP through mySNC.



Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023


12-1 p.m.

Michels Commons 123

“What is a Canon Regular?” Lunch and Learn

Facilitated by Michael Holstead, Director of the Center for Norbertine Studies

Join us on a historical voyage tracing the origins of canons from the earliest Christian communities, culminating in the emergence of the Norbertines as the "Canons Regular of Prémontré." Learn the nuanced roles and distinctions among canons regular, monks, friars, Jesuits, and diocesan priests. And discover how they skillfully adapted their way of life to faithfully serve both their local communities and the broader Catholic Church, weaving a tapestry of rich traditions over the centuries. All of this, while eating lunch! Faculty, staff and students are invited to go through the line at Ruth's Marketplace and bring their lunch to the presentation. 

Thank you to the Center for Norbertine Studies for covering the cost of lunch for those without all access meal plans.

In order to have an accurate count for lunch, SNC faculty, students and staff are asked to RSVP through mySNC; others should email Martha Kiedrowski at martha.kiedrowski@snc.edu.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2023


4 p.m.

Bemis Conference Center - Fort Howard Theater

Heritage Lecture: “Laying Down Roots: The Norbertines and SNC 1893-1925," offered by Alex Gruber 

Alex Gruber Ph.D. Candidate, 
Department of Theology 
Fordham University

Step back in time and join us for this year's Heritage Lecture as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of our cherished school. Delve into the early history of St. Norbert College and the Norbertines in Northeast Wisconsin with Alex Gruber ’18 as our guide. From Fr. Pennings' historic Latin lesson that laid the college's foundation to the construction of the first campus buildings to the college's intriguing foray into the radio business, we will explore the formation of this prestigious institution's character and legacy. Don't miss this immersive, photo-rich journey through our own remarkable past.

This event is open to all faculty, staff, students, and anyone else interested in the history of St. Norbert College. 

SNC faculty, students and staff are encouraged to register through mySNC; others can just plan on attending.

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023

12:30 p.m.

Old St. Joe's Atrium

Tuesday Tour: Old St. Joseph Church and the St. Joseph Shrine with Fr. Mike Brennan, O. Praem.

Fr. Mike looks forward to hosting you for a tour of Old St. Joe's and the National Shrine of St. Joseph. Come learn about the history and living tradition of the oldest building on campus. You are welcome to join for Noon Mass before the tour if you would like. The tour will follow Mass, beginning at approximately 12:30 pm.

This offering is part of "Tuesday Tours: A mini-series exploring campus views of our heritage."

SNC faculty, students and staff are encouraged to RSVP through mySNC; others can just plan on attending. 

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023

2 and 2:30 p.m.

Bemis Center 20CD

Tuesday Tour: Norbertine Timeline Tunnel Walk

How do you fit into the grand scheme of a 900 year-old medieval institution? Join us for this immersive discussion, as we traverse the visually-stunning intersection of Norbertine space and time (the Bemis-Cofrin hallway). Witness the rise of the Norbertine Order from a swampy forest to a European powerhouse, experience the pains they suffered through the Black Death, the Protestant Reformation, and the French Revolution, gaze upon the global rebirth of an order on the brink of extinction, and discover the part you play at St. Norbert College in the unfolding history of Norbertines.

This offering is part of "Tuesday Tours: A mini-series exploring campus views of our heritage."

There are two back to back offerings available - one starting at 2 p.m. and the other starting at 2:30 p.m.

SNC faculty, students and staff are encouraged to RSVP through mySNC; others can just plan on attending. RSVP for 2 p.m. offering; RSVP for 2:30 p.m. offering.

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023

12 p.m.

Birder Hall

Tuesday Tour: Birder Hall - The Stories Behind the Statues with Fr. Jim Neilson, O. Praem.

Join us to learn more about who and what is presented by the four hand-carved limewood statues that stand tall in Birder Hall in what is sure to be a lively and engaging presentation by Fr. Jim Neilson, O. Praem., Assistant Professor of Art. 

This offering is part of "Tuesday Tours: A mini-series exploring campus views of our heritage."

SNC faculty, students and staff are encouraged to RSVP through mySNC; others can just plan on attending. 

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