Pictorial Lives of the Saints – Saint Avitus, Abbot


Saint Avitus 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 afterward enriched by Queen Brunehault, and by Saint Boner, Bishop of Clermont. The two Saints soon after returned to Miscy, a famous abbey situated a league and a half below Orleans. It was founded toward the end of the reign of Clovis I. by Saint Euspicius, a holy priest, honored 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 Miscy, 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, 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 Clothaire built a church and monastery for Saint Avitus and his companions. This is at present a Benedictine nunnery, called Saint Avy of Chateaudun, and is situated on the Loire, at the foot of the hill on which the town of Chateaudun is built, in the diocese of Chartres. Three famous monks, Leobin, afterward Bishop of Chartres, Euphronius, and Rusticus, attended our Saint to his happy death, which happened about the year 530. His body was carried to Orleans, and buried with great pomp in that city.

MLA Citation

  • John Dawson Gilmary Shea. “Saint Avitus, Abbot”. Pictorial Lives of the Saints, 1889. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 May 2014. Web. 15 February 2019. <>