ELIGIUS (ELOY) (Saint) Bishop (December 1) (7th century) Born near Limoges (A.D. 588), he was a man of remarkable piety and ability. By his skill in the art of working in precious metals — he is the Patron Saint of metal-workers — he acquired a place and influence at the Courts of Clotaire II and Dagobert I, Kings of the Franks. His prospects of advancement he relinquished in A.D. 640, in order to become a priest, distributing the wealth which he had acquired to the poor. Consecrated Bishop of Noyon, he evangelised a great part of Flanders, and more particularly the districts round Antwerp, Ghent and Courtray. His death probably took place A.D. 658 or 659; but by some authors it is post-dated to A.D. 665.