Where We Start

Shrine of St. Joseph

Regarding St. Joseph, the first Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O. Praem., once said, "Yes, I pray to God directly, to the Lord, and to St. Norbert as my intercessor, but St. Joseph is my choice in times of great need."  Like Abbot Pennings, countless men, women and children have found solace in prayer to St. Joseph.  The Shrine of St. Joseph at Old St. Joseph Church on St. Norbert College campus in De Pere, WI, is where we begin our pilgrimage.

Displayed within the Shrine is a crowned statue of St. Joseph, holding the crowned Infant.  As the adoptive father of Jesus, a carpenter and a patron saint of families, children and laborers, St. Joseph is honored for his role as a protector, guardian and worker.  As such, he stands as an extraordinary example of faith.

Who are the Norbertines?

Norbertines are Canons Regular whose tradition attempts to balance contemplation and action.  While involved in a variety of ministries, Norbertines share common table, common prayer and common Eucharist.

Norbertines and Education

The Norbertine Fathers and Brothers have always been committed to educating young men and women. They founded several schools, locally, nationally and internationally, and through their efforts, are responsible for making a tremendous, long-lasting impact on shaping the educational landscape, particularly in the Green Bay area.

St. Norbert College, the only Norbertine institution of higher education in the world, has a prominent reputation within the De Pere community and beyond, and was the initial American Norbertine school to come into being.  The development of the College was followed by St. Norbert High School (which later became Abbot Pennings High School) and Central Catholic High School (which later became Prémontré High School).  In subsequent years, Abbot Pennings High School and Prémontré High School, along with St. Joseph Academy, combined to form what is today Notre Dame de la Baie Academy.

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"As part of the New Evangelization, I invite all in our area who are able to join in this journey of faith. Participation in this pilgrimage is a wonderful way to engage the entire family, and especially our young people."

Bishop David L. Ricken
of the Diocese of Green Bay