Great Is Your Faith

Today’s Word:

“O woman, great is your faith” (Matthew 15:28)


On This Date…

Berne Abbey

Berne Abbey

On August 3, 1134 Berne Abbey in Holland was founded, just two months after the death of Saint Norbert. Berne Abbey sent three Norbertines to America in 1893, to serve as parish priests in Wisconsin; a total of 26 Norbertines came to America from Berne Abbey, including Abbot Bernard Pennings, the founder of Archmere Academy. Berne Abbey continues to exist today, carrying on Norbertine community life and ministry for 882 years. The letters from the pioneer Norbertines to America have been compiled into two volumes entitled “Letters Written in Good Faith.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells a woman, “O woman, great is your faith”. So was the faith of those 26 Norbertine missionaries to America from Berne Abbey.

– Father McLaughlin

The Norbertines of Berne Abbey

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Gate of Berne Abbey

On This Date…

On August 3, 1134, a Friday, the Norbertine Abbey of Berne in Holland was founded, just two months after the death of Saint Norbert. Today it is the oldest religious community in The Netherlands. Berne Abbey sent three Norbertines to America on November 1, 1893; a total of 26 Norbertines came to America from Berne, including Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere Academy.

In 1923 Berne Abbey sent three missionaries to India; today Saint Norbert Abbey in Jamtara, India is the largest Norbertine Abbey in the world.

Currently there are 27 Norbertine priests and brothers in Holland, continuing Norbertine communio for 881 years. In today’s Gospel Jesus told his disciples to feed the vast crowd with their 5 loaves and 2 fish (Matthew 14:13-21). We are very grateful for the Norbertines of Berne Abbey who have shared the loaves and fish of their ministry to bring the Gospel of Jesus to the ends of the earth.

– Father McLaughlin

Take Courage

Today’s Word:

Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid. (Matthew 14:27)


On This Date…
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On August 10,1893 Abbot Augustine Bazelmans, O.Praem. of Berne Abbey in Holland, with the unanimous consent of his Council, agreed to send Norbertine missionaries to work in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Father Bernard Pennings, O.Praem. and two other Norbertines left Holland by boat on November 1, 1893; they were followed by an additional 23 Norbertines.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus comforts his disciples at 3:00 AM on a boat in the Sea of Galilee, as they dealt with strong winds and high waves, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

The pioneer Norbertine missionaries dealt with storms at sea and challenges on land; but, they took courage and overcame their fears.

– Father McLaughlin