St. William of Bourges was born in Nevers, France.  His uncle Peter, an Archdeacon of Soissons. educated him.  William became a canon of Soissons and of Paris.  Later, he became a monk at Grandmont Abbey and then a Cistercian at Pontigny.  Eventually he became the abbot at Fontaine-Jean in Sens.  In 1187 he was named abbot of Chalis near Senlis.  In 1200 Pope Innocent III named him Archbishop of Bourges where he lived a life of great austerity.  He was in demand as a confessor.  He defended ecclesiastical rights against seculars, including the King, aided the poor, and converted many Albigenisians during his missions.  He died on January 10 at Bourges.  Pope Honorius III canonized him in 1218.

FEAST DAY- January 10

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