Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

2007

2007

TOMUS LXXXIII, 2007, fasc. 1-4

Articuli:

Bruno Krings, Die Statuten des Prämonstratenserordens von 1244/46 und ihre Überarbeitung im Jahr 1279, p. 5-127

Dirk Van de Perre, Het Kapittelboek van de Ninoofse abdij (1185-1652), p. 128-155

The Ninove Chapter Book is the oldest of its kind for the Premonstratensian Order in the Low Countries and is a fairly complete example of what a chapter book actually was in the Middle Ages; the various parts of this particular codex also contain important European, comparative data. The martyrologium demonstrates that not one, but several text traditions of the martyrologium of Usuardus circulated within the Order of Prémontré and, unique to this codex, there is a text containing the form of prayer for entry into the fraternitas. An analogous text is found in the Arnstein Chapter Book. Further is the charter drawn up by abbot Radulfus, indicating that the ‘pittance’ at Ninove was a separate institution from 1219 on. Of exceptional interest is the series of three successive necrologia, which give a written record – from the twelfth to the eighteenth century – of the names of the persons to be commemorated, thereby enabling the development of the necrologia to be traced in detail over the long term. The preparation of the second necrologium at Ninove in 1652 clearly marks the disappearance of the liber capituli and the transformation of the necrologium into a separate book.

William P. Hyland, The Incarnation, Reform and the Unity of the Church: a Sermon of Master Johannes Wifflet O.Praem. for the Feast of the Annunciation at the Council of Basel (1432), p. 156-171

Johannes Wifflet O.Praem., canon of Tongerlo abbey and Master of Theology at the University of Paris, delivered a sermon on the Feast of the Annunciation at the Council of Basel in 1432. The purpose of this article is to analyze the context and content of this previously-unedited sermon, as well as to present an edition of the Latin text. For Wifflet, Church reform was inextricably linked to the doctrine of the Incarnation, and the implications of this doctrine for personal and institutional renewal. The divisions of Latin Christendom, he argues, especially the complacency of prelates and the endemic state of war existing between Christian princes, conspire to make the attainment of any reform most difficult. Moreover, the immorality and divisions of the Latin Church have alienated both the Greek Orthodox and the Bohemian Hussites. Unless immediate reform is forthcoming, Wifflet concludes, these liabilities will undermine any attempts to win these two groups over to the Latin position.

Thibaut Podevin, Le Père Edmond Boulbon avant son départ de Prémontré. Quelques précisions biographiques (1817-1856), p. 172-203

Father Boulbon cuts a distinctive and endearing figure among the canons of the Prémontré Order. Just like Saint Norbert, he led an eventful life before he restored the primitive observance of the rule at Saint-Michel of Frigolet in 1858. Nothing seemed to indicate that Father Boulbon would carry on such a task. Indeed, he lived many lives before putting on the white robe. He started off as a Trappist monk (1835-1838). But monastic life may not have been his true calling, and it made him feel rather unhappy and cramped. He then became a dedicated missionary on Réunion Island (1843-1850). However, he was deemed too bold by his superiors as well as by the government officials, who drove him away from the colony with scant ceremony. Back in France, he faithfully served the cause of the Abbot of Bricquebec, whose monastery had suffered many calamities (1850-1856). Again, he spared no effort, selflessly and courageously enduring numerous contradictions. This article is a scientific attempt at relating these facts in order to better understand the personality of Frigolet’s future founder.

Ludger Horstkötter, Die Leutesdorfer Johannesschwestern und Johannesmissionare und ihre Zugehörigkeit zu den Prämonstratensern (1928-1956), p. 204-243

Father Johannes Maria Haw (1871-1949) founded the Sisters and Missionaries of St. John in Leutesdorf close to Neuwied (by Rhine). He initially had found his spiritual roots within the Anti-Alcoholics and Retreat movement. In 1924, he contacted the Norbertine Abbeys of Averbode (General Abbot Crets) and Windberg in order to establish a close link between his foundations and the premonstratensian spirituality. It was during this process that he became acquainted with the „Eucharistic Crusade“ of which he soon became spiritual director for its German section. In 1928, the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John joined the Third Order of St. Norbert. Fr. Haw and those very few first Priests and brothers of his foundation, who at that time did not yet form a proper Congregation approved by the ecclesial authorities also went to join the Third Order as individuals. In 1941, the Nazi regime almost completely wiped away his apostolate so that in 1945 he very slowly had to commence with its new formation. After he passed away, his successor Fr. Appel took a completely new course which resulted in a dissolution of the bonds to the Premonstratensians in 1956. With both his Congregations, Fr. Appel joined the Third Order of the Discalced Carmelites.

Documentum:

Bernard Ardura, La Visite canonique des Prémontrés de la Congrégation de France en Angleterre, par le Père Xavier de Fourvière Rieux, chanoine de l’abbaye Saint-Michel de Frigolet, 2-20 octobre 1895, p. 244-332

Miscellanea:

H. van Bavel, In memoriam Gilbertus van der Velden O.Praem. (1908-2006), p. 333-335

Walter Ziegler, Konrad von Waldhausen-Staufen (ca. 1161 – 1241). Vom kaiserlichen Kämmerer zum Abt von Prémontré, p. 336-346

Leni Thiers, Het Refugehuis van Grimbergen te Mechelen, p. 347-361

H. van Bavel, Bouwactiviteiten van de Abdij van Berne te Heeswijk (2006-2007), p. 362-364

Recensiones:

Joachim Angerer, Thomas Aigner, Gerhard Trumler, Grenzenlos Zeitenlos. Klöster im Herzen Europas (L. Horstkötter O.Praem.), p. 365-366

Jean-Baptiste Henry (O.Praem.), Tagebuch der Verbannungsreise (1792-1802). Aufzeignun­gen des Abbé Henry über die Franzözische Revolution, sein Exil und seine Zeit in Westfa­len, eingeleitet, bearbeitet und übersetzt von Bernward Kröger (L. Horstkötter O.Praem.), p. 367-369

Anne Bondéelle-Souchier, Bibliothèques de l’Ordre de Prémontré dans la France d’An­cien Régime, t. II: Édition des inventaires (B. Ardura O.Praem.), p. 369-372

Chronicon, p. 373-412

Index, p. 413-421

Index tomi LXXXIII, 2007, p. 422-423

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