After his horse was startled by a lightning bolt, the young nobleman Norbert of Xanten was thrown to the ground. He awoke with a vision that led him to renounce his appointment at high court, give away his wealth and set out to preach peace, reconciliation and church reform. He left a legacy that, within a century, would spread internationally, with hundreds of abbeys established from Ireland to the Holy Land. How is this relevant today to the liberal arts college in De Pere, Wis. that bears his name? Join St. Norbert College president Thomas Kunkel and the Rev. Andrew Ciferni, O.Praem., director of the Center for Norbertine Studies, for five weekly discussions that will uncover the answer.
- Identify the key contextual factors that gave rise to Norbert.
- Reflect on the characteristics central to Norbert’s identity.
- Describe the events that resulted in the formation of the Premonstratensians.
- Determine the factors that significantly influenced the evolution of the order into the 19th century.
- Clarify how Norbert’s influence led to the formation of the college and how it’s reflected in the college’s mission.