St. Norbert was born into a noble family in 1080, and he became a priest as a career move. However, after narrowly escaping death, he had a deep and profound conversion and spent the rest of his life trying to reform the clergy and religious life.
With the new zeal of his conversion, Norbert tried to reform his local religious community. Without much success, he became a wandering preacher, which eventually led him to France. There he founded a community of Augustinian canons, the Norbertines, and began a reform movement of religious life that swept through Europe.
He was eventually named bishop of Magdeburg, Germany, and continued his work of reforming the clergy in his diocese. He died in Magdeburg June 6, 1134.