St. Kilian

Statue of St Killian and his golden swordSaint Killian was born in Ireland during the seventh century. He grew up with a love of the study of Christianity. From a young age, he decided that he wanted to become a missionary and leave his native country. He first served as an Irish monk, and one of his major contributions to the Christian faith was his evangelization of Franconia. He then brought two followers, Colman and Totnan, on his missionary expeditions.

Through his missionary work, he was able to successfully convert Gosbert, Duke of Wurzburg. The Duke had married Geilana, who was opposed to the Christian faith. She had previously beaheaded three missionaries. Despite the stubborn beliefs of Geilana, the missionaries were able to convert Gosbert.

He ultimately became a martyr for the Church, by some accounts killed at the direction of Geilana, wife of Gosbert. Saint Killian is the patron saint of the diocese. In art Saint Killian is frequently shown as a Bishop with a sword in hand. The Feast Day of Saint Killian is celebrated on July 8.

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