Saint Julian of Toledo, Bishop
April 8

He was born about the year 620 and died seventy years later. His parents were of Jewish heritage, although Catholics; after he was Baptized they had him educated in the cathedral, which he entered as a young boy, becoming an oblate. After he finished his studies he was ordained, serving as a diocesan priest, eventually elected bishop, performing his duties with great zeal, courage, and yes, discretion; he was most devoted to the poor.

Our Saint was a copious writer, leaving many works. In art he is usually depicted in his episcopal garments, sometimes with a basket of bread for the poor. His Latin name is derived from a Roman family named Julia.


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