St Norbert

(c. 1080—1134)

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founder of the Premonstratensians. He underwent a conversion in 1115. He became famous as an itinerant preacher in N. France and in 1120 he founded the Order of the Premonstratensians in the valley of Prémontré. He was appointed Abp. of Magdeburg in 1126; his zeal for reform made him many enemies. Accompanying the Emp. Lothair II to Rome in 1132–3, he supported Innocent II against the antipope, Anacletus, and prevented the outbreak of fresh quarrels about investiture. Feast day, 6 June.

Subjects: Christianity.

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