Author: cifead

A Candlemas Homily

Homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple February 2, 2014 Old St Joseph’ Church at St. Norbert College(De Pere, WI) Readings: Malachi 3: 1-4; Psalm 24; Hebrews 2: 14-18; Luke 2: 22-40 The Van Wickle Gates at Brown University are…

getting to know you again

getting to know you again A student recently asked me if anything had happened in our Norbertine Order between the death of our founder St. Norbert in 1134 and the arrival from Holland of St Norbert College’s founder, Father Bernard Pennings, in 1893. He knew of…

Many Homes for Christmas

I’ll be home for Christmas and, then again, I won’t be. By the age of seventy-one a Norbertine priest can feel at home in many places, especially for the celebration of this very family-centered feast of the year. I’d could be at home in Casoli di…

Christ the King Sunday

Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King 24 November, 2013 St. Norbert Abbey. De Pere, WI readings: 2 Samuel 5: 1-3; Colossians 1: 12-20; Luke 23: 35 – 43 July 22, 2013. On that day occurred one of the top news events of the past…

mors et vita duello

Mors et Vita Duello: recollections and reflection after 50 years The story, as I have heard it, is that on the evening of Friday, November 22, 1963, several American clerics, promoters of liturgical reform present as experts at the Second Vatican Council, were joyously celebrating in…

A Homily for this Day

Homily for the Feast of All Saints of the Order November 13, 2013 Readings: Sirach 44: 1-10 (Now will I praise those godly men and women, our ancestors, each in their own time); Matthew 19: 16-21 (the rich young man who went away sad because he…

All you holy Norbertine men and women pray for us. On this date 120 years ago Fr. Bernard Henry Pennings, Fr. Lambert Broens and Bro. Servatius Heesakkers, Norbertines of Berne Abbey in The Netherlands disembarked in Hoboken, NJ from the SS Veendam which on November 1…

All Souls Day 2013

My assignment to St. Norbert College finds me for the first time in years away from my home community’s celebration of our annual November Cemetery Service. At Daylesford Abbey (Paoli, PA) on the Saturday closest to November 2 we invite all with us for the late…

costume or uniform?

In Halloween costume or Baptismal uniform? Today’s a day to get dressed up. The best costumes are strong on details that give the impression of authenticity and, at the same time, hide our identity. I am of an age that remembers when parents were resourceful in…

Beloved and loving sinners — and saints!

Homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) 27 October 2013 St Norbert Abbey. De Pere, WI readings: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 “…Francis is everything I ever wanted in a pope. He is Christ in the temple overthrowing the money…