Book of Saints – William – 20 July

detail of a stained glass window of Saint William of Saint-Brieuc, Saint-Corentin Cathedral, Quimper, Brittany, France; date and artist unknown; photographed on 25 July 2013 by Thesupermat; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) Bishop (July 20) (13th century) The scion of an illustrious Breton family, Saint William was educated and received Holy Orders at Saint Brieux. He became Bishop of that See A.D. 1220. During the fourteen years of his Episcopate he showed a wonderful spirit of kindly charity in dealing with his flock, while himself living a life of singular and unvarying austerity. His body was still incorrupt when his tomb was opened (A.D. 1284), half a century after his death. He was canonised (A.D. 1253) by Pope Innocent IV.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “William”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 December 2018. Web. 26 January 2022. <>