May your priests be clothed with justice; let your faithful ones shout merrily for joy. (Psalm 132:9)
On This Date…
He had first met Saint Norbert on March 26, 1119, and was deeply affected by Norbert’s words and way of life. He joined the first Norbertine community in 1121 at Prémontré where he was appointed “prior” (Norbert’s assistant).
When Saint Norbert was made an archbishop in 1126, Hugh was elected as the first abbot, serving until his death. He built the first monastery and the abbey church. Under his guidance, the number of Norbertine monasteries grew to 126.
Hugh wrote one of the biographies of Saint Norbert. He was gentle and humble of heart. He never used the title abbot, rather servant of God and Norbert.
With the closing of Prémontré during the French Revolution, Abbot Hugh’s remains were safely hidden. In 2010, they were moved to Norbertine Generalate in Rome. On July 13, 1927, Pope Pius XI confirmed the cult of Blessed Hugh.
Today at Mass we pray, “May your priests be clothed with justice; let your faithful ones shout merrily for joy.” We are joyful because of the life and service of Blessed Hugh.