St. Koloman

Circa 1520
Cathedral of St. Stephen, Passau, Germany

In the year 1012 this Irish pilgrim was passing through the town of Stockerau in Austria, on his way to Jerusalem. Austria was then at war, and the citizens took him for a spy and hanged him. This hardly makes him a martyr, but his patient demeanor through the ordeal was later taken as a sign of his sanctity. Miracles were reported at his tomb, and he was said to be incorrupt. The statue quite appropriately gives him a pilgrim's staff and a noose.

St. Koloman's feast day is October 13. His story is told in Butler, IV, 105 and in the Acta Sanctorum (as S. Colmanus, Martyre in Austria), October vol. 6, 342-62.

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Photographed at the cathedral by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.