St. Eligius

St. Eligius (590 A.D.) was born near Limoges, France. He became famous as a skilled metalworker under King Clotaire II of Paris. He was a friend of the king and was eventually appointed Master of the Mint. He used his royal position and his wealth to help the poor, build churches and convents, and even ransom slaves. When King Clotaire II died, Eligius was made counselor to his son, King Dagobert I. In 640 A.D., St. Eligius became a priest and eventually the bishop of Novon and Tournai. He died on December 1, 660 A.D. He is the patron saint of metalworkers. His feast day is December 1.