Catholic Courier

Posted: April 15, 2007

Last Updated: December 17, 2009

St. William of Eskilsoe

William of Eskilsoe, who was born in 1125, was a French religious who willingly led a life with few comforts. He spent many hours in prayer and became a scholar of religious law. His reputation as a holy man spread across his country. An account written after his death described him as “famous for his life and miracles.”
 
One of the challenges given to William was to be part of a movement to restore discipline and order to some of the Danish monasteries. Although he received resistance from some people, he was successful in setting up guidelines and principles for the monks to live by.
 
He spent some time working outside of Denmark, but he eventually returned. He died there in 1203.
 
We remember him on April 6.