Saint William of York, born around the year 1110, was the son of Count Herbert, treasurer to Henry I. He was elected archbishop of York in 1140. William’s election was challenged on the grounds of simony and unchastity. He was cleared by Rome, but later a new Pope suspended William, and in 1147 he was deposed as archbishop of York.

William then retired to Winchester where he led the austere life of a monk, practicing much prayer and mortification. Upon the death of his accusers, Pope Anastastius IV restored William his See and made him archbishop. William died in the year 1154.

After his death miracles were reported at his tomb, and in 1227 he was declared a saint. His Feast Day is June 8.

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  1. In my vision I seen a heavenly rosary, solid gold nuggets 1/2 inch prayer beads, the Our Father beads were 1 inch jewels of all kinds, a diamond and ruby at the top both 2 inches in a ruby cut, and the power of the rosary is beyond description, please pray the rosary to our Lady and she will ask The Lord for you and in His overwhelming kindness He will not refuse Her..

  2. O MARY CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN PRAY FOR US WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THEE AND PLEASE ALSO FOR THOSE FOR WHOM WE PRAY AMEN

  3. Oh, Saint William, my first cousin 25 times removed, please intercede for me that the Lord will give me the strength to endure my constant trials instead of complaining about them. Amen.

  4. St. William, you were chosen by God to be Archbishop of York, but were unjustly accused of simony. You were election was opposed by many in favor of another. Even through all this, you never took your eyes off of Christ and his will for you. You devoted yourself to a life of prayer and mortification. After many years, you were finally restored to the See that was rightfully yours. Instead of reserving spite, you showed the utmost amount of forgiveness and love for those who had before been in opposition to your election. Please help us to follow your example of perseverance and forgiveness so that we may forgive our transgressors and always persevere in the Lord’s will. Amen.

  5. SAINT. WILLIAM. OF. YORK,,,,,,PLEASE. HELP. US. TO. ……..LIVE. OUR. LIVES……..ALWAYS. WITH. PERSEVERANCE !
    AND………SOME……..EVER…..SO….SMALL…….A…………DEGREE. OF. FORGIVENESS !!!!!!!!!LET. US. LEARN. TO……….FORGET……THOSE……..WHO…….
    HAVE….HARMED…..US !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PRAYING……AS…WE…KNOW….IT…IS….GOD…WHO….WILL…..PUNISH…….
    THE….UGLINESS……THE……HURTFUL!!!!!!!!! LET….US…REMEMBER…………TO…..NEVER……STOP……THE…………
    PRAYERS….TO…..COMPLETELY………..ERADICATE………..THE….PEOPLE….WHO…….LIVE….OFF….THE….LIVES….OF…….
    THE…….UNBORN!!!!!!!! GOD…KNOWS…..WHO…THESE…PARASITES……ARE !!!!!!!!!

  6. St. William, help all the Faithful to face our sinfulness head on, show bodily prayerfulness through many acts of mortification and suffering, repentance combined with unceasing prayers for ourselves and others, in order to bring about our redemption without self-righteous thoughts and actions getting in the way. ‘Even the mercy of the Lord burns.’ (Flannery O’Connor, The Violent Bear It Away) Amen.

  7. Saint William pray that hatred of colour and choice of religion be wiped from the earth and that peace can be showered across the world. I ask this through our blessed mother Mary.

  8. Saint William of York, please intercede for me in my present situation as I am stuck and know not what to do amen.

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