Saint Julian of Cuenca

detail of a painting of Saint Julian of Cuenca by Eugenio Cajes, c.1600; swiped from WikipediaAlso known as

  • Julian of Burgos
  • Julián de….



Educated at the cathedral school of Burgos, Spain and the University of Palencia, Spain. Taught theology and philosophy at Palencia from 1153 to 1163. Worked on the side making basket and trade goods for extra money, and then would gave away almost everything to the poor. In 1163 he retired to live as a hermit outside Palencia. Ordained in 1166. He and a fellow hermit, Lesmes, became wandering preachers. Archdeacon of the Archdiocese of Toledo, Spain in 1191 where he served as administrator, preacher – and basket weaver to make money for the poor. When King Alphonsus IX recaptured Cuenca of Castile from the Moors, Julian became its bishop in June 1196. He was known as a reformer and noted preacher whose charity extended to everyone, regardless of faith. (And, yes, he continued making baskets).






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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Julian of Cuenca“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 January 2017. Web. 26 January 2021. <>