Immersed in the 900-year tradition of our order, the Norbertine Fathers live a monastic common life of liturgical prayer and care for souls. Our abbey in Orange County consists of nearly fifty priests and thirty seminarians studying for the priesthood.
Consecrating our days to the Lord
Our life at St. Michael’s Abbey is organized according to prayer of the Church: the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. “Seven times a day I praise You,” says the Psalmist, and by chanting together the prayers of the Divine Office, Norbertine canons “continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God.”
Service, formed by our monastic life
For more than fifty years, St. Michael’s Abbey Norbertine Fathers have served the Christian faithful in Southern California—“lifting high the Holy Eucharist over the miseries and errors of this world” (Saint Pope John Paul II). Our community’s apostolic ministries are many and various—from running a preparatory school for young men to teaching religious education in prisons—but they all find their source in our common life of prayer and fraternal charity.
Our community has been blessed by a tremendous amount of growth—both in our numbers, as well as in our apostolates. This growth has resulted in the urgent need for a new abbey to advance our mission more effectively.
The new abbey will enable us to:
- Accept additional seminarians.
- Increase the size of the preparatory school.
- Host and lead retreats.
- Provide adult education opportunities.
- Become a regional center for music, history, culture, art and literature.
- Serve as a spiritual oasis for Southern California and beyond.
The future of the abbey can be witnessed nestled among several hundred acres of majestic land at 27977 Silverado Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676.