Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Vanne, or Vitonius, Bishop of Verdun, Confessor


After having borne the yoke of our Lord from his youth in a monastic habit, he was chosen bishop of Verdun about the year 498. In this charge he laboured with unwearied zeal for the salvation of his flock twenty-six years, and, exhausted with austerities and conflicts, departed to our Lord about the year 525. A celebrated congregation of reformed Benedictins in Lorrain, formed in the abbey of Saint Vanne at Verdun, in 1604, takes him for patron, and, from this famous abbey and that of Moyen-Moustier, dedicated in honour of Saint Hydulphus, bears the name of Saint Vanne and Saint Hydulphus. The abbeys of Saint Michael, Saint Hubert in Ardenne, Senones, Munster, Saint Avold, and several others embraced this reform. Many in France desired to accede to it, but, on account of the wars then subsisting, a union was thought too difficult: a reformation on the same plan was set on foot in France, under the name of the Congregation of Saint Maur, begun in the abbey of Saint Austin’s at Limoges in 1613, and confirmed by Gregory XV in 1627, which now comprises above one hundred and eighty abbeys and priories, and, among these, Saint Germain-de-prez, Saint Denys, Fescamp in Normandy, Vendome, Saint Bennet’s, etc., under their own general. The strictest union has always subsisted between the sister congregations of Saint Vanne and Saint Maur, and both adopt almost the same constitutions. The life of Saint Vanne, in Surius, is neither ancient nor authentic.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Vanne, or Vitonius, Bishop of Verdun, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 November 2013. Web. 29 March 2020. <>