He was born near Cologne, in Germany, and was educated at the court of the emperor. After a somewhat worldly life, he was struck down one day by lightning while riding on a horse. He cried out to God, like Saint Paul, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me do?” He heard a voice from Heaven saying to him, “Turn from evil unto good.” He was ordained a priest when he was thirty-five. He later became a bishop. In a hidden and lonely valley named Premontre, with thirteen disciples, he founded the Religious Order known as the Premonstratensians, who are canons regular that observe the Augustinian Rule. His great devotion, and that of his canons, was to the Blessed Sacrament. He is usually pictured with a monstrance in his hand, holding Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. He converted great numbers to the Catholic Faith.