Prince who became a hermit in Brittany. The local lord, Grallon, gave Gunthiern land on the Isle of Groie, near River Blavet to found a monastery. It survives today as the Benedictine house of Kemperle.
Legend says that insects once threatened to destroy the region’s crops. Count Guerech I of Vannes, France, requested the saint‘s help. Gunthiern blessed some water and had it sprinkled over the fields. The insects fled, and the crops were saved.
- c.500 in Brittany (in modern France) of natural causes
- his body was hidden during the Norman invasions, and was lost for a while
- remains re-discovered in the 11th century
- relics were translated to the Kemperle monastery
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Lives of the Saints, by Father Alban Butler
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- “Saint Gunthiern“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 June 2013. Web. 2 April 2015. <>