Come-and-See Visits

The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” (John 1: 35-39)

The invitation that our Lord extended to his first disciples, we extend to you. For young men who are considering a religious vocation, and who are interested in learning more about our Norbertine community, the best first step is to make a come-and-see visit to the abbey. Lasting anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, these visits give men an opportunity to learn about our lives by living our lives. Come-and-see visitors stay in their own room in our seminary, pray with our canons in the liturgy, attend classes with the novices and philosophy students, participate in manual labor, take meals with the seminarians in the refectory, and recreate with the brethren in sports, art, hikes, board games, and anything else that might be happening at the abbey during their stay. There is no commitment involved in making a come-and-see visit. Whether you are just mildly curious or already on the verge of applying, we invite you to come and see for yourself what our Norbertine life is all about.

To plan a come-and-see visit, please contact our vocations director, Fr. Ambrose Criste, by filling out this form. God bless you always.