Pictorial Lives of the Saints – Saint William of Monte-Vergine


Saint William, having lost his father and mother in his infancy, was brought up by his friends in great sentiments of piety; and at fifteen years of age, out of an earnist desire to lead a penitential life, he left Pietmont, his native coumntry, made an austere pilgrimage to Saint James’s in Galacia, and afterward retired into the kingdom of Naples, where he chose for his abode a desert mountain, and lived in perpetual contemplation and the exercises of most rigorous pentitential austerities. Finding himself discovered and his contemplation interrupted, he chaned his habitation and settled in a place called Monte-Vergine, situated between Nola and Benevento, in the same kingdom; but his reputation followed him, and he was obliged by two neighboring priests to permit certain fervent persons to live with him and to imitate his ascetic practices. Thus, in 1119, was laid the foundation of the religious congregation called de Monte-Vergine. The Saint died on the 25th of June 1142.

MLA Citation

  • John Dawson Gilmary Shea. “Saint William of Monte-Vergine”. Pictorial Lives of the Saints, 1889. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 May 2014. Web. 19 March 2019. <>