Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Avitus, or Avy, Abbot, near Orleans

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He was a native of Orleans, and retiring into Auvergne, took the monastic habit together with Saint Calais in the abbey of Menat, at that time very small; though afterwards enriched by queen Brunehault, and by Saint Boner, bishop of Clermont. The two saints soon after returned to Miscy, a famous abbey situated on the Loiret near the Loire, a league and a half below Orleans. It was founded towards the end of the reign of Clovis I, by Saint Euspicius a holy priest, honoured on the 14th of June, and his nephew Saint Maximin or Mesmin, whose name this monastery, which is now of the Cistercian Order, bears. Many call Saint Maximin the first abbot, others Saint Euspicius the first, Saint Maximin the second, and Saint Avitus the third. But our saint and Saint Calais made not a long stay at Misci, though Saint Maximin gave them a gracious reception. In quest of a closer retirement, Saint Avitus, who had succeeded Saint Maximin, soon after resigned the abbacy, as Lethuld, a learned monk of Misci, assures us, and with Saint Calais lived a recluse in the territory now called Dunois, on the frontiers of la Perche. Others joining them Saint Calais retired into a forest in Maine, and king Clotaire built a church and monastery for Saint Avitus and his companions. This is at present a Benedictin nunnery called Saint Avy of Chateau-dun, and is situated on the Loire at the foot of the hill on which the town of Chateau-dun is built, in the diocess of Chartres. Three famous monks, Leobin, afterwards bishop of Chartres, Euphronius, and Rusticus, attended our saint to his happy death, which happened about the year 530. His body was carried up the Loire to Orleans, and buried with great pomp in that city. A church was built over his tomb which still subsists, and his feast is kept at Orleans, Paris, and in other places. Some distinguish Saint Avitus abbot of Misci from the abbot of Chateau-dun; but all circumstances show that it was the same holy man who retired from Misci into the territory of Chateau-dun.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Avitus, or Avy, Abbot, near Orleans”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 June 2013. Web. 19 September 2017. <>