(Feb) 11. St. Mary of Liques, near Calais. This monastery, of the Premonstratensian Order, was founded in 1131, by Robert, lord of Liques. (Gal. Christ., t. iv.)
Image (click it to enlarge): Picture of the building of what remains today of the former
Premonstratensian Abbey of Notre-Dame de la Nativité, in Liques, France.
In 1126, when
the Premonstratensian order, also known as the White Cannons and Norbatines, received papal approbation by Honorius II, there were nine houses - others were established in quick succession throughout western Europe. The Abbey of Liques [Notre-Dame de la Nativité], for the Premonstratensian Order, was founded by the very generous Robert FitzRanulph, lord of Liques, Alfreton and Norton, in 1131. It had several dozen monks and lay brothers.
*Robert FitzRanulph, many decades later, passed
on his titles to his son William, became a priest, and joined the White Canons.
Note: By the middle of the 14th century, there were some 1,300 Premonstratensian monasteries
for men and 400 for women of throughout Europe. The Premonstratensians were among the religious orders with their own rite. A unique practice of the Premonstratensian Rite is the celebration of a daily votive Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary in
each of its abbeys and priories.
Related Link: Overview of 17th c. Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the B.V.M.
Source: "Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, With the Foundations and Churches Dedicated to Her", from Abbé Orsini's
work, "Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God", Imprimatur 1858 A.D.