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Saint William of Rochester - May 23

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Also known as William of Perth Memorial 23 May sometimes listed as 22 April Profile William led a wild and misspent youth, but as an adult he had a complete conversion, devoting himself to God, …More
Also known as

William of Perth
Memorial

23 May
sometimes listed as 22 April

Profile

William led a wild and misspent youth, but as an adult he had a complete conversion, devoting himself to God, caring especially for poor and neglected children. He worked as a baker, and gave every tenth loaf to the poor. He attended Mass daily, and one morning on his way to church he found an infant abandoned on the threshold. He named the baby David, and adopted him, and taught him his trade.

Years later he and David set out on a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. During a stop-over in Rochester, England the boy David turned on William, clubbed him, cut his throat, robbed the body, and fled. Because he was on a holy journey, and because of the miraculous cures later reported at his tomb, he is considered a martyr.

A local insane woman found William’s body, and plaited a garland of honeysuckle flowers for it; she placed the garland on William, and then on herself whereupon her madness was cured. Local monks, seeing this as a sign from God, interred William in the local cathedral and began work on his shrine. His tomb and a chapel at his murder scene, called Palmersdene, soon became sites of pilgimage and donation, even by the crown. Remains of the chapel can be seen near the present Saint William’s Hospital.

Born

12th century at Perth, Scotland
Died

throat cut in 1201 at Rochester, England
interred in the cathedral at Rochester
Canonized

1256 by Pope Innocent IV
Patronage

adopted children
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