WHEN DID WILHELM FIRST COME INTO CONTACT WITH THE MONASTIC WORLD?
He was born into the monastic life. At an early age, his parents promised him to the St. Emmeram Monastery in Regensburg as a "puer oblatus," Latin for "boy dedicated to God." Thus, Wilhelm lived according to the Rule of St. Benedict from a young age and had access to a comprehensive education within the monastery. He became a priest and taught mathematics and astronomy.