St William of Rochester – Feast Day – May 23

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St William of Rochester, also known as William of Perth, was a pious baker born in 12th century in Perth, Scotland. He was killed by his adopted son named David in 1201 in Rochester, England. We celebrate his feast day on May 23 every year in the Catholic Church.

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St William of Rochester Biography

Date of Birth

12th century AD

Country/Place of Birth

Perth, Scotland

Matrimony/Holy Orders

Saints who were Not Married



Place of Work


Date of Death

1201 AD

Place of Death

Rochester, England

Feast Day

May 23


By Pope Innocent IV 1256 AD

Patron Saint of

Adopted children

Saint William of Rochester Biography

St William of Rochester lived a carefree life as a youth but in adult life, he changed and became very pious and devoted to God. He was a baker and took care of poor and the orphans.

He adopted one of the orphans and named him David and is therefore regarded as the patron saint of adopted children.

William and David went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem and when they reached near Rochester, England, David clubbed him, cut his throat, robbed William and fled.

When a mentally deranged woman found his body and cared for it, she was miraculously cured of her mental problems.

Other miracles have been reported at his grave, and it is said that he was canonized by Pope Alexander IV in 1256. His body was interred in the Rochester Cathedral.

Saint William of Rochester
Saint William of Rochester

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