Short Lives of the Saints – Saint William, Archbishop of Bourges

Saint William of Bourges; from Pictorial Lives of the Saints, 1892, artist unknownEntry

Having renounced great wealth and social rank, Saint William embraced the ecclesiastical state, and was made a canon, first of Soissons, and afterwards of Paris. He withdrew, later, into the Order of Citeaux, but was forced to quit his retirement by being elevated to the archiepiscopal see of Bourges. In this high position he manifested a wonderful zeal and charity, and was accustomed to style the poor his “creditors.” Saint William was chiefly remarkable for his tender devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He prophesied his own death from the pulpit, and expired on the 10th of January, 1202.

Jesu! whom, for the present, veiled I see,
  What I so thirst for, oh! vouchsafe to me:
That I may see Thy countenance unfolding,
  And may be blest Thy glory in beholding.
– translated from Saint Thomas Aquinas

Favorite Practice – A daily visit to the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint William, Archbishop of Bourges”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2021. Web. 18 April 2021. <>