Norbertine Canonesses of Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph

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Shortly after founding the canons, St. Norbert received women into his Order beginning with the noble widow, Ricvera of Clastres. This incorporation of women perfectly corresponded with the ideal and the spirit of St. Norbert and his first followers who wished to revive that way of life in which the Apostles “devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers” (Acts 1:14, NAB).

Like the Norbertine canons, Norbertine canonesses are consecrated for the service of divine worship, and vow to live “according to the Gospel of Christ and the Apostolic way of life” (From the Formula of Solemn Profession). However, the canonesses fulfill the wholly contemplative dimension of this Norbertine propositum and thus live a cloistered contemplative life with a truly Apostolic spirit.


Sr. Mary Joannes Baptista O.Praem.
Vocation directress
17831 Water Canyon Road
Tehachapi, CA 93561



Professed Members: 17 Solemn Professed, 17 in formation
Year Founded: 2011
Archdiocese: Fresno, CA
Qualifications: Contact for more information
Formation: Contact for more information
Age range/limit: Contact for more information
Belated vocations? No