New Catholic Dictionary – Saint William of Vercelli

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

(10851142) Abbot and founder of the Williamites or Hermits of Monte Vergine; born Vercelli, Italy; died Guglieto. At the age of fifteen he resolved to renounce the world and made a pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostela; returning to Italy he retired to Monte Vergine to live as a hermit; soon others followed him and he gathered these disciples about him and built a church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin; in 1128 he founded houses at Serra Cognata, Conza, and Guglieto; his order was approved 1197. Relics at Monte Vergine. Feast, Roman Calendar, 25 June.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint William of Vercelli”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 November 2019. Web. 25 February 2021. <>