|€3500 worth of Vitalis, but not of Assisi|
When he was done with his pilgrimages, he settled down at the monastery of Monte Subasio, in the general neighborhood of both his hometown and Assisi. Sometime after that, he became a hermit in Santa Maria di Viole, though he was still under the direction of his former monastery's abbot. He lived with no possessions except a cup he used for drinking water from a nearby spring.
Those suffering from bladder infections, urinary tract infections, and sexually transmitted diseases experienced miraculous cures after venerating his relics and drinking from his spring. He became the patron saint of those suffering venereal disease; there has been speculation that his particular patronage goes back to his licentious youth.
Last year, just two days before Vitalis' feast, a skull was auctioned in County Meath, Ireland for the surprisingly high price of €3500. The case in which the skull was housed bore a name plate: Vitalis M[artyr]. Since the Monk of Monte Subasio was not a martyr, the skull could not have been his, but that did not stop titillated reporters from confusing him with whoever's head was on the block. After all, the sale of a saint's skull is a fun story, but the sale of the patron saint of STDs is so much better. "VD = Vitalis' dome"... and all that sort of thing.
|The Late Billy Jamieson and his late friends|
A woman named Barbara reassured an Irish blogger named Father John Hogan OCDS that the relics of Saint Vitus of Assisi are still safely stowed in St. Vitale, Italy, not far from Assisi. You can read Father John's indignation at the sale and Barbara's reassurance at this site.