St. William of Eskilsoe


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/06
Tridentine Calendar - 06/18


Also known as
    William of Aebelhold
    William of Aebelholt
    William of Ebelholt
    William of Eskhill
    William of Ise Fjord
    William of Paris
    William of the Paraclete

Memorial

    6 April
    formerly 18 June

Profile

    Upper class. Educated at the cathedral school of Saint Germain. Priest. Canon at the church of Saint Genevieve in Paris until c.1170. Widespread reputation for holiness and austerity; his life was so austere that his brother priests harassed him into leaving the city. When Pope Eugene III implemented stricter discipline in 1148, William returned and became sub-prior.

    When there was a need for some one to help reform the discipline and liturgical devotion of the Danish monasteries, the bishop sent William. While working at Eskilsoe, he became its abbot, and stayed for 30 years. Faced opposition from lax brothers and local nobles, but never flinched. Founded the abbey of Saint Thomas in Aebelholt, Zeeland. His extensive correspondence has survived, and is a valued source for Danish history of the period.

Born

    1125 at Paris, France

Died

    6 April (Easter Sunday) 1203 in Denmark of natural causes
    buried at Aebelholt

Canonized

    21 January 1224 by Pope Honorius III

Name Meaning

    strong helmet (from wil-helm)

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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