Illustration of Blessed William of Toulouse by János Hajnal in Il fascino di Dio: Profili de agiografia agostiniana by Fernando Rojo Martínez, O.S.A.  Copyright © 2000 Pubblicazioni Agostiniane Rome. Used with permission.  Original art preserved in the Office of Augustinian Postulator of Causes, Rome

Illustration of Blessed William of Toulouse by János Hajnal in Il fascino di Dio: Profili de agiografia agostiniana by Fernando Rojo Martínez, O.S.A.  Copyright © 2000 Pubblicazioni Agostiniane Rome. Used with permission.  Original art preserved in the Office of Augustinian Postulator of Causes, Rome

Blessed William of Toulouse

May 18

William (1297?-1369) was known as a man of prayer and a gifted preacher.

Born around 1297, he joined the Augustinian Order as a young man of approximately 19 years. He studied in Paris, but spent most of his life in Toulouse.

He lived austerely, and showed a special care for the poor. His preaching drew many to Christ and to the Order. William loved contemplation and prayer, in which he spoke with God.

He died in Toulouse May 18, 1369. Pope Leo XIII declared him Blessed in 1893.