St. ALBERT of PREZZATE
(? 1025 - 2 September 1095)
Albert of Prezzate was a soldier who left a life of violence to look for peace in Christ. After a pilgrimage to Santiago di Compostela he decided to dedicate himself entirely to a monastic life. In 1079 he founded a monastery dedicated to St. James at Pontida and the following year he founded the Abbey of Saint Egidio at Fontanella (13 January 1080).
In 1095 he met Pope Urban II and asked him for a Papal Bull of privilege for the monastery of St. James. Albert died on 2nd September 1095 in his abbey at Pontida which houses his remains to this day.