New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Gall

mural of Saint Gall; date unknown, artist unknown; the nave the Church of Saint Venantius, Pfärrenbach, Horgenzell, Germany; photographed in 2006 by Andreas Praefcke; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for souce imageArticle

(Callo, Chelleh, Gilianus) Confessor, Apostle of Switzerland, born Ireland, c.550; died Arbon, Switzerland, 627. He was a monk, one of the 12 disciples who followed Saint Columbanus to Luxeuil, and later to Bregenz, where he led a hermit‘s life, near the river Steinach. He declined the abbacy of Luxeuil and the episcopacy of Constance. After his death a church was erected in his honor which later grew into a monastery, c.613. Represented in art with a bear, as there is a legend that a bear once brought wood to feed his fire; also holding a cross, and book. Feast, 16 October.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Gall”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 May 2016. Web. 7 May 2021. <>