New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Kilian


(Killena; Cilline) Martyr, Apostle of Franconia, born Ireland, c.640; died Franconia, 689. He is said to have been a monk and later a traveling bishop. About 686 he left Ireland for the continent where he became an active missionary in East Franconia and Thuringia. He converted Duke Gozbert and was murdered by the duke’s unlawful wife, Geilana. Patron of Würzburg. Relics in Newminster church, Würzburg. Feast, 8 July.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Kilian”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 September 2012. Web. 21 November 2018. <>