Feast day: January 15th
When did St. Maurus live: 510- 580
Biography of St. Maurus:
Maurus was born in 510 as the son of a Roman noble. Already at the young age of twelve, he became assistant of St. Benedict of Nursia and most probably succeeded him as abbot of Subiaco Abbey in 525 when Benedict moved to Montecassino. According to Gregory the Great, he saved Placidus from drowning and had extraordinary healing powers. It is believed that Maurus died of plague in Gaul.
Patronage: St. Maurus is patron saint of cripples; invoked against rheumatism, epilepsy, gout, hoarseness, cold; Azores; charcoal burners; cobblers; coppersmiths; shoemakers
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Maurus of Subiaco - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Maurus is shown as abbot with abbot's crosier, book and cross around his neck. At his feet there is a little chained devil.