ST. WILLIAM, BISHOP OF S. BRIEUC IN BRITTANY, C.
ST. WILLIAM PINCHON, of an illustrious family in
Brittany, was, by the innocence of his manners, his admirable
meekness, humility, chastity, mortification, charity, and devotion,
an accomplished model of all virtues. He received the tonsure, and
some years after the holy orders of deacon and priest, at the hands
of Josselin, bishop of S. Brieuc, served that church under his two
successors, Peter and Sylvester, and succeeded the latter in the
episcopal dignity about the year 1220. The poor were his treasurers,
and not content to exhaust on them whatever he possessed, he often
borrowed great stores of corn and other necessary provisions for
their relief. The bare boards were usually his bed; for his domestics
discovered that he never made use of the soft bed which they prepared
for him. The assiduous application to all the functions of his charge
was no hindrance to his nourishing within himself the spirit of
recollection and holy prayer. He died about the year 1234, on the
29th of July, on which his name occurs in the Roman Martyrology. His
body was deposited in his cathedral, and taken up incorrupt in 1248.
He was canonized by Innocent IV. in 1253, according to Baronius. See
Lobineau, Vies des SS. de Bretagne, p. 235.
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