Lay Order

Message from the Spiritual Director

Dear Members of the Lay Order,

By Love we were created; by love we were redeemed. He who is Love calls us to communion with Him and with our brothers and sisters.

Continuing the great tradition of associates to our Norbertine Order and specifically the Lay Order of St. Michael’s Abbey, we strive for communion with God and one another, especially in prayer. We also seek to associate ourselves with the work and apostolate of the Canons Regular of Premontré at St. Michael’s Abbey for the purpose of growing in holiness and extending the kingdom of God.

For more than thirty years, men and women striving for this communion have come to St. Michael’s Abbey to follow a spiritual path that leads to love of God and neighbor. Some have sought a closer union with the Canons Regular of Premontré in what is known as the Lay Order. Through spiritual direction, personal prayer, holy reading, and reception of the sacraments, members of the Lay Order strive to live out their baptismal commitment.

With the opening of our new Abbey, we are now reviving certain traditions that had to be suspended due to the coronavirus restrictions and the arduous process of moving during the past winter. Our new facilities will now permit us to resume the meetings of the Lay Order. In addition, we have been working over the past weeks at reorganizing and re-structuring the Lay Order so that it will serve to benefit the members spiritually and offer them an opportunity to contribute to the development of our Abbey. “A good beginning is of great importance” (Mother Catherine McAuley). May this new beginning of the Lay Order bring renewed growth to its members.

Sincerely in Ss. Augustine and Norbert,

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

Saturday, September 8 — Feast of the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary

10:00 a.m. – Mass in the Abbey Church with ordination to the diaconate


Sunday, October 17 — Lay Order Meeting

3:00 p.m. – Introduction, Sign-in, and Spiritual Talk in the Conference Center Meeting Rooms

4:30 p.m. – Rosary followed by solemn Vespers in the Abbey Church

For information or if you have questions, please email