Lay Order

September Message

Dear Members of the Lay Order,

As summer comes to a close, we look forward to resume our meetings in September. Let me start by sharing some news.

On a personal note, yours truly was away most of the summer serving at our apostolate at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, Wisconsin. There were many graces and blessings during these months. Raymond Cardinal Burke, founder of the Shrine, was present for a few weeks in July and August; he is always a great inspiration. The Shrine hosted many pilgrims throughout the summer. The Norbertine staff assisted with various retreats and conferences along with the regular Masses and confessions daily.

At the Abbey June is the month of our annual chapter and retreat. Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. Preached on poverty and humility with frequent moments of Irish humor. After retreat the community rejoiced at the priestly ordination of Fathers Louis Hager and Ignatius Harsha.

The Abbey hosted its second summer camp at the new site. St. Michael’s Summer Camp “where all boys have fun” lived up to its reputation with huge tents, comedy, skits, games, daily Mass, and confessions.

During the summer months the Italian artists completed the paintings in the shrines along the interior sides of the abbey church. Each one a beautiful work of art to inspire and enrich our prayer life.

To bring summer to a close we have two special celebrations: On Saturday, August 27, we celebrate the solemn profession of Fraters Alcuin Friesen and Gerard Juhasz and on Sunday, August 28 – the solemnity of our Holy Father St. Augustine. Thank you to all Lay Order members who helped prepare the reception for the solemn profession.

Our next meeting date is September 18, starting with a welcome back potluck starting at 12:30pm. The professed members meeting is 3pm as usual. Non-professed also meet September 18, but your schedule has changed. Please check your email regarding the new formation schedule. The complete schedule of meetings is found elsewhere on this page.


Fr. Hildebrand Garceau, O. Praem.

“Before all else, dear brothers, love God and then your neighbor, because these are the chief commandments given to us”

(Rule of St. Augustine)

Upcoming Events

Ordination to the Diaconate – Saturday, September 3
10:00 a.m. Mass


Monthly Meeting – Sunday, September 18
12:00 p.m. – Welcome Back potluck lunch in the conference center
2:00 p.m. – Affiliate-1st year Formation meeting – “Introduction to Prayer with handout from the Catechism”
2:30 p.m. – 2nd year Formation meeting – “True Devotion I”
3:00 p.m. –  Professed meeting in the conference center

For information or if you have questions, please email