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St. Philip's Priory, Chelmsford, England
  • All Saints of Our Order
    THE SAINTS AND BEATI OF THE ORDER OF PRÉMONTRÉ ADALBERT, Blessed Son of King Vladislaus II of Bohemia. Canon of Strahov then Archbishop of Salzburg. ADRIAN AND JAMES, Saints (The Martyrs of Gorcum) Adrian Jansen was a canon of Middelburg … Continue reading
  • Simple Profession of Br Gildas D Parry
    On the Solemnity of St Philip Benizi we celebrated the Simple Profession of Br Gildas D Parry. More photos can be found on our Facebook page. Please keep Br Gildas in your prayers, and ask Almighty God that He might … Continue reading
  • Feast of Pope St Pius X
    Today is the feast day of Pope St Pius X, often called the ‘Glorious Pope of the Eucharist’. May his steadfast faith and fervent devotion to Our Eucharistic Lord inspire us all! In many ways Pope St Pius X’s Eucharistic … Continue reading
  • A flock at the edge of the world
    Our Abbot, Rt Rev Hugh Allan o.praem., has written an article in the Catholic Herald about his role as Apostolic Administrator of the Falkland Islands, and Ecclesiastical Superior of the sui iuris Missions of St Helena, Tristan da Cunha, and … Continue reading
The Canonry

Our community was established as a canonry of the Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré in 2004.

The Canons reside at St. Philip's Priory in Chelmsford where we serve two busy parishes. As well as the parishes, the canons are involved in a wide variety of apostolates that take them near and far. The apostolates taken by the Canons of St. Philip's reflect both the active and contemplative natures of our life. One canon teaches at university, another is a school chaplain, another a chaplain to a convent of Dominican sisters.

The parish apostolate is the main focus of our active life, but the contemplative nature also involves much labour. To this end the community is served by a dedicated cantor as we strive to make our worship of Almighty God the most solemn and beautiful way it can be. Recently our community celebrated its first ordination and we are fortunate to have students for the priesthood, preparing both for ordination and solemn vows and studying to that end.

As Canons of the Order of Prémontré we hope that our life still bears witness to those first hopes and prayers of Our Holy Fathers Norbert and Augustine.

 

You Are My Order...

“You are my Order. Just as bishops have their canons delegated to offer public prayer in their diocese, in the same way you are my canons, not just for one diocese, but for the universal Church.”

- Pope Pius XI

St. Norbert on the Priesthood

O Priest, who are you?
You are not yourself because you are God
You are not of yourself because you are the servant and minister of Christ.
You are not your own because you are the spouse of the Church.
You are not yourself because you are the mediator between God and man.
You are not from yourself because you are nothing.
What then are you? Nothing and everything.
O Priest!
Take care lest what was said to Christ on the cross be said to you:
"He saved others, himself he cannot save!"

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