This abbey was originally founded in the Dutch hamlet of Berne, but due to war and plundering it finally found its home in Heeswijk in 1857. Whereas other monastic communities focus on God in seclusion, the Premonstratensians choose to go out into the world. Their motto is Berna ut lucerna; may Berne spread the light. This open attitude is visible in the abbey complex. No high walls but a driveway and a gate without doors - connected to the world. Vita Mixta, as the Premonstratensians call it. The fact that the Premonstratensians know what is happening in society is shown by a new initiative; the sale of their own abbey beer.
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