Hilary of Galeata

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Saint Hilary of Galeata
Hilary’s tomb
Died15 May 558 (aged 81–82)
Lugo[citation needed]
Venerated in
Major shrineMonastery of Sant'Ellero, Galeata
Feast15 May
PatronageLugo; Galeata; invoked against backache

Saint Hilary of Galeata (Italian: Sant'Ilaro or Sant'Ellero; 476 – 15 May 558)

Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. His feast day is 15 May.[2]


According to tradition, he was born in

Ronco River.[1] At the age of twenty, he freed a local nobleman, Olibrius, from a demon. In gratitude, Olibrius had his entire family christened by Hilary, and donated to the saint lands and money.[1] In addition, two of Olibrius’ sons joined Hilary in the religious life.[citation needed

Around 496, then, this became the nucleus of the monastery of

Saint Pachomius. Numerous miracles are attributed to Hilary. Hilary transformed a grape into a serpent in order to teach a lazy monk named Glicerio a lesson.[1] Hilary also managed to impress Theodoric, who had originally been harassing the monks and who had been building a palace near Galeata, into donating land and goods.[1]

Chair of Saint Hilary, in the cell in which the saint used to pray. The chair was used by devotees of his cult to cure backache.


The author of Hilary’s Vita claims that he is a disciple and eyewitness to the events of the saint’s life. Scholars have declared it to be written contemporaneously with the life of Hilary.

Abercius, Vitus, etc.).[1]

Hilary’s following was diffused across

In 1488 Sant'Ellero di Galeata became a Camaldolese monastery.[3]

Hilary is the principal patron saint of Lugo, in the Diocese of Imola.[4]


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