Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Deicolus, Abbot, Native of Ireland


[In Irish Dichul, called by the French, Saint Deel, or Diey.] He quitted Ireland, his native country, with Saint Columban, and lived with him, first in the kingdom of the East Angles, and afterwards at Luxeu; but when his master quitted France, he founded the abbey of Lutra, or Lure, in the diocess of Besanzon, which was much enriched by king Clothaire II. Amidst his austerities, the joy and peace of his soul appeared in his countenance. Saint Columban once said to him in his youth: “Deicolus, why are you always smiling?” He answered in simplicity: “Because no one can take my God from me.” He died in the seventh century. By moderns, this saint is called Deicola; but in ancient manuscripts Deicolus. In Franche-comté his name Deel is frequently given in baptism, and Deele to persons of the female sex.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Deicolus, Abbot, Native of Ireland”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 January 2013. Web. 29 July 2021. <>