The monks at Averbode Abbey belong to the order founded by Saint Norbert. Which is why they are called Norbertines. However, they are also known by several other names. The name Premonstratensians for example refers to Prémontré, the French town where the order was founded in 1121. Their white habit has also earned them the nickname witheren (white men).
Like Jesus, the Norbertines’ aim is to spread the gospel in a way that will allow people to draw courage and confidence from it. At the same time they also wish to live the gospel together, as brothers, in a community that offers prays and services. In their lives they strive for unity between community life, prayer and pastoral commitment. For more information go to the Abdij van Averbode website or follow the Abbey on Facebook.