Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Die or Deodatus, Bishop of Nevers, and Abbot of Jointures


This saint was nobly born in the west of France, and endued with eminent gifts both of nature and grace. In 655 he was placed in the episcopal chair of Nevers. He fulfilled all the duties of the pastoral charge with great fear and trembling till in 1664 he resigned his dignity, and having recommended to his clergy the choice of a successor, retired into the deserts, and there led an eremitical life. In 661, Hun, lord of the Val de Galilee, near Mount Vosge, bestowed on him that territory, and his donation was confirmed by Childeric II, king of Austrasia. Upon this spot Saint Die founded the monastery of Jointures, which he put under the rule of Saint Columban, though this was afterwards exchanged for that of Saint Bennet. Dreading the charge of others, he continued still to live in a neighbouring little cell dedicated to Saint Martin.

Saint Die gave up his soul to God in the arms of Saint Hidulphus, on the 19th of June, in 679 or 680. A town called Saint Diei rose about his monastery, and this abbey has been since converted into a collegiate church.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Die or Deodatus, Bishop of Nevers, and Abbot of Jointures”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 June 2013. Web. 21 September 2021. <>