St. Norbert

St. Norbert of Xanten (c. 1075 – 6 June 1134), was a German bishop and founder of the Premonstratensian Order, also known as the Norbertines. Originally leading a luxurious and worldly life, Norbert experienced a conversion after a near-death experience and decided to dedicate himself to the service of God. He embraced a life of poverty and established a community of priests known for their devotion to the Eucharist and their commitment to preaching and pastoral work. St. Norbert’s preaching and charisma attracted many followers, and his order quickly expanded, promoting a spirit of renewal and reform within the Church. As bishop of Magdeburg, he sought to combat heresy and promote spiritual renewal among clergy and laity. Norbert is also known for his strong defense of papal authority and his involvement in reconciling disputes among political and religious leaders. He died in 1134 and was canonized as a saint in 1582. St. Norbert’s life and teachings continue to inspire the Norbertine Order and serve as an example of holiness, humility, and fervent service to the Church.


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