Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Becan, Abbot in Ireland


Son of Murchade and Cula, of the regal family of Munster, contemporary with King Dermitius and Saint Columb-Kille. In building his church, he worked frequently on his knees, and whilst his hands were employed at his work, he ceased not praying with his lips, his eyes at the same time streaming with tears of devotion. In the life of Saint Molossus he is named among the twelve apostles of Ireland: and in the Festilogium of ├ćngus, on the 21st of March, he is said to be with Saint Endeus and Saint Mochua, one of the three greatest champions of virtue, and leaders of saints in that fruitful age of holy men.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Becan, Abbot in Ireland”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 April 2013. Web. 4 December 2021. <>