October 13

Saint of the day:
Saint Coloman of Stockerau

Patron Saint of Austria; Melk; patron of hanged men, horned cattle, and horses;

invoked against plague and for husbands by marriageable girls; invoked against hanging; invoked against gout

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​Saint Coloman of Stockerau's Story

Coloman of Stockerau (Irish: Colmán; Latin: Colomannus; died 18 October 1012) was an Irish saint. Originally known as Colmán (variously rendered Koloman, Kálmán, Colman, and Colomannus), he was an Irish pilgrim en route to the Holy Land and was mistaken for a spy because of his strange appearance. He was tortured and hanged at Stockerau, near Vienna, Austria, on 16 July 1012. Later tradition has it that he was "a son of Máel-Sechnaill (d. 1022), high king of Ireland." (Breen, 2009) At the time of his death, there were continual skirmishes among Austria, Moravia, and Bohemia. Coloman spoke no German, so he could not give an understandable account of himself. He was hanged alongside several robbers. According to Aidan Breen, "He was made a saint by the local people, possibly out of remorse for the deed and because of his endurance under torture and the many miracles reported from where his body was buried."


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Melk Abbey

Abt-Berthold-Dietmayr-Straße 1 Melk 3390 AT