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