Community Mass

The Greatest Thing We Do For You "Your mercies are renewed each morning, for great is Your faithfulness." Thus the prophet Jeremiah sings in his beautiful Lamentations. At St. Michael's Abbey, these mercies are renewed each morning at what is called our "Conventual" or Community... Read more


Communio (a Latin word meaning communion) is said to be the charism of the Norbertine Order. The Rule of St. Augustine, which Norbertines follow, tells us, "The first purpose for which you have come together is to live in unity in the house, and to... Read more

Holy Hour

During this year of consecrated life, it is appropriate to focus on the practice of prayer and its forms. Many of the saints and spiritual writers have advocated the idea of the "Holy Hour" - an hour's time spent before the Lord in the tabernacle... Read more

Why do religious rise so early?

Each morning, all the priests and seminarians of the abbey rise at around 5 o'clock in the morning. Waiting in two lines by a side of the church (called statio in Latin - think of it as "battle stations"), all process in at 5:45 to... Read more


Who We Are

Immersed in the 900-year tradition of our order, we Norbertine Fathers live a monastic common life of liturgical prayer and care for souls. Our abbey here in Orange consists of nearly fifty priests and thirty seminarians studying for the priesthood. Learn more here.

Vocations Brochures

Do you know any young men who might be interested in entering our community? Share our two new vocations brochures with them, and please keep praying for holy Norbertine vocations.

Prayer Requests

Did you know that you can submit prayer requests to our community electronically? We list these intentions in the sacristy, and our conferes pray for them every day.

New Newsletter

The newest edition of the St. Michael Messenger is now available here. Also check out the newsletter archive, or subscribe to receive the next one.

Who Is St. Norbert?

St. Norbert founded our Order, the Canons Regular of Prémontré, on Christmas Day 1121. Learn more about our holy father hereSancte Pater Norberte, ora pro nobis.

Radio Shows

Our Fr. Sebastian makes regular guest appearances on Catholic Answers Live, an apologetics-focused radio program for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Click here to listen to his past shows.

Summer Camp Photos

Check out the photos from St. Michael's Summer Camp 2016, our annual seminarian apostolate for boys age 7–12.

A Day in the Life

What does a Norbertine canon do all day? Click here to find out.