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St. Norbert College to Host Global Book Discussion

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From St. Norbert College, April 19, 2021
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

Author William Hyland, lecturer in church history in the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, along with three other Norbertine scholars, will discuss his most recent book, “Jacob Panhausen: Two Sixteenth-Century Treatises on Religious Life,” during the 900th anniversary of the Norbertine order. This virtual event will be held on Tuesday, April 27, at 9 a.m. CDT. The panel-based global book discussion is free and open to the public, but it does require registration in order to receive the Zoom link. Go to to register. Hyland will be joined by panel members the Rev. Andrew Ciferni, O.Praem., of Daylesford Abbey, Pa.; the Rev. Ambrose Criste, O.Praem., of St. Michael’s Abbey, Calif.; and Carol Neel of Colorado College.
About the Book
Jacob Panhausen stands as a major but little-studied figure in the renewal of the Premonstratensian order during the crucial decades of the 16th century when the very survival of religious life hung in the balance. His career (1540 - 1582) as abbot of Steinfeld in Germany spanned the whole era of the Council of Trent and its aftermath, and he died the same year that St. Norbert was officially canonized.
This volume presents the first English translation of two Latin texts by Panhausen, “A Loving Exhortation to Prelates” and “Those in Their Charge and Treatise on Monastic Life and Religious Vows.” The introduction offers a biographical and analytical overview of this outstanding Norbertine reformer, illuminating a crucial time in the renewal of the Premonstratensian order during and after the Council of Trent. Intended as they were for his confreres at Steinfeld and other abbeys, they show his zeal for reform, his dedication to the monastic tradition, and his humanistic and exegetical concerns.
The Center for Norbertine Studies at St. Norbert College is hosting this virtual book discussion. The book is available for purchase through the St. Norbert College Bookstore or online at
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