Book of Saints – William of Montevergine

statue of Saint William of Vercelli by Giuseppe Prinzi, 1878, Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, ItalyArticle

(Saint) (June 25) Abbot (12th century) Born in Piedmont and left an orphan at an early age, Saint William, on his return from a pilgrimage to Compostella, built himself a hermit‘s cell on Montevergine (Mons Virgilianus), on the summit of the Apennines, between Naples and Benevento. Others soon came to share his life of austere penance, and a monastery was quickly built, the cradle of a still existing Benedictine Institute. Before his death near Nusco (A.D. 1142) Saint William had himself founded several monasteries of the new Order. Montevergine is still a greatly frequented place of pilgrimage on account of a wonder-working picture of Our Blessed Lady brought there from the East in the fourteenth century.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “William of Montevergine”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 November 2017. Web. 24 January 2019. <>