St. Virgilius of Salzburg
November 27, Saint


Benedictine monk. Pilgrim to the Holy Land in 743, and on the way home he stopped in Bavaria – and stayed. Worked with Saint Rupert of Salzburg. Abbot of Saint Peter’s monastery in Salzburg, Austria; one of his monks was Saint Modestus. Bishop of Salzburg in 765, ordained by Duke Odilo. Saint Boniface twice accused him of heresy because of his scientific ideas (including a round earth), but this reflected some friction between the style and people of Roman and Celtic origins, and Virgilius was always cleared of the charges. He rebuilt the cathedral of Salzburg. Sent missionary priests to Carinthia, Austria.

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