Norfolk PRIORY

In 1923, four sisters are sent to the United States to minister to the German settlers in the Midwest. Later, the Priory of Norfolk is established and the sisters serve in education and healthcare and pastoral ministries.

ADDRESS : 300 N. 18th St. Norfolk, NE 68701

TEL : 001-402-371.3438


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The Norfolk Priory is located in the state of Nebraska in the midwestern USA. The sisters’s apostolates are various. They’ve been engaged in education since 1923 and health care since 1931. Retreats, courses and meetings of every kind take place in the priory house.

Many people come and go, seeking rest and peace and finding a spiritual home. In addition, the sisters work in the parish and school, help in a soup kitchen for the poor, and several devote themselves to service on behalf of the Mexican immigrants. Their fluent Spanish enables them to help in many ways. In Winnebago, a Native American Reservation, the sisters take care of the children and teach in the mission school.

A special characteristic of the Priory is the large number of lay persons of all denominations who have joined the sisters as Benedictine Oblates. Although some live far away, many meet monthly for conferences and retreats in the priory house, and pray Vespers with the sisters. One of the sisters is the oblate directress.

The Norfolk Priory has always been generous in hospitality towards co-sisters from all over the world who come for language studies, formation or education. American sisters have been sent to Africa, China and other parts of the objects.

On July 31, 1923 a sapling was planted by four Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing, Germany. They had been invited to Nebraska by Archbishop Jeremiah Harty of Omaha to minister to German immigrants.

That fall the Sisters began teaching in St. John Berchman’s School, Raeville, Nebraska. The small community quickly began to sink its roots and grow. Within one year, a second mission, Sacred Heart Hospital in Lynch, Nebraska was established.

In 1926, Raeville gained status as a priory, with Sr. Diemud Gerber, OSB, as the first Prioress. Five years later, the priory center was transferred to Norfolk and named Immaculata Convent….

In the Norfolk Priory we have a great concern for human life and the attendant degradation of our planet due to excessive use of natural resources and lack of care for all of creation. It is one of our tasks to educate the people we encounter regarding these issues. This, to us, is directly related to concern for the poor among us. What is considered necessary in the U.S. culture is oftentimes


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