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"Anima una et cor unum in Deum" - "One heart and one mind on our way into God" is the motto of Santa María de la Vid Abbey, home to our community of Canons Regular of Prémontré in Albuquerque, NM. Continuing 900 years of Norbertine tradition, we live a life of community, contemplation, and compassionate service. Our Office of Christian Discipleship & Religious Vocation serves our community by way of young adult outreach.

Since our office’s beginning in June of 2015, our Abbey’s motto, “Anima una et cor unum in Deum,” or “One mind and one heart in God,” has guided our approach to outreach in our surrounding community. Why and how we seek to serve the young adults and people of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and beyond is based on the very nature we share: the grace that we are relational beings, all called to and drawn toward community - within our homes and embracing of our neighbor and the community of the Holy Trinity.

Our Office of Christian Discipleship and Religious Vocation is dedicated to the evangelization, spiritual growth, and discipleship formation of young people in the Church. We offer our own programming and events, as well as support to young adult and campus ministries locally and around the country.

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The young adults of our community and across the world are a vast and diverse group. They are “persons in their late teens, twenties, and thirties who represent diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, educational, vocational, social, political, and spiritual backgrounds. They are college students, workers, and professionals; they are persons in military service; they are single, married, divorced, or widowed; they are with or without children; they are newcomers in search of a better life” (, Young Adult Ministry).

We strive to bring these individuals together that they might seek God through and with one another, grow in the grace of the Holy Spirit, and share as the Gospel calls.

For questions and more information about our mission and programming, contact our Program & Communications Coordinator, Celina Chavez at

If you feel you may have a religious vocation or have questions about religious life, it is a blessed opportunity to explore those longings, questions and potential life paths. Such exploration can lead to greater self knowledge and a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

As a community we seek to accompany men in their discernment of the call of God in their lives. Whether your life path shall lead to a lifelong commitment as a Norbertine or not, we hope that we may journey with you to assist you in discerning the mode of life that will lead you to fully flourish as the person God made you to be.

"A Journey into God Through Conversion and Self-Gift to Christ"
The formation of the Norbertine identity within a man is a spirit-led process of growth and discernment as he discovers himself more fully in his relationship to God and the community. The process begins with an initial inquiry, which is followed by a formal postulancy and then official entrance into the community. A two-year novitiate followed by three years of simple vows comprises the initial formation processes, culminating in the profession of solemn vows, which fully incorporates the man within the Norbertine community for life.

Parallel to the spiritual formation is ministerial formation. Norbertine men can either be ordained priests or remain as solemnly professed brothers. The particular ministerial path is prayerfully discerned within the context of community through the individual’s sense of vocation to which he feels he is called. Theological education and professional ministerial preparation are also key components of a man’s formation for a life within the Norbertine community.

For questions and more information, contact our Director, Fr. Graham Golden, O. Praem. at

If you're interested in discerning a vocation in religious life, fill out our VOCATION FORM.

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We are of the Vine.

I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in Me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without Me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 (NAB)

In the spirit of John 15:5, we seek to connect with people in faith, hope, and love, to share the charism of the Norbertine Community, communio, which embraces the truth that our life and faith journeys are joined, all seeking something more, something higher than ourselves - that we should be of one heart and mind on our way into God.

Our work under Somos de la Vid seeks to bring people together of all experiences and perspectives and to serve as a support to other ministries, initiatives, and movements that do the same with an approach of availability, openness, and love.

We ask for the intercession of Santa Maria de la Vid as we seek to serve and share Christ's Presence as she does.

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Within a community committed to life-long ministry in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, our office wishes to offer support to youth and young adult ministers and ministries, parishes, and other like-hearted efforts toward a common goal: to deepen our life journeys and desire to grow in and share faith. We would be happy to help with a retreat, parish mission, day or evening of reflection, or even just a brief presentation. We can facilitate liturgies, prayer services, confessions, spiritual talks, service opportunities, activities, music, community events, opportunities for growth (including travel), etc.

Themes and topics for retreats, presentations, etc. may include but are not limited to:

  • Religious life and vocational discernment

  • Theology and tradition

  • Faith and sacramental life

  • Current society and world issues

  • Question and answer sessions

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