Who was St Giles?



St Giles is the Patron Saint of Beggars, the Disabled and Lepers.  He came from a wealthy Greek family and gave up all his riches and moved to Gaul (modern France) to live in a cave, where he lived a life of solitude as a holy hermit.  He died of natural causes and the Benedictine abbey of Saint Gilles near Arles was founded during the 7th century in his honour.

The story of St Giles, in religious illustrations is depicted with him protecting a hind and shows his hand pierced by an arrow.  The king had followed the hind into a cave and discovered the hermit.  The feast day of St Giles is September 1st.