Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Ivia, or Ivo, Bishop


He was a Persian bishop, who preached the faith in England about the same time with Saint Austin, in the seventh century; and having for some time prepared himself for his last passage, by solitude, watching, prayer, and fasting, at Slepe, now Saint Ive’s, in Huntingdonshire, he there died and was buried. His body was found by a ploughman, in a pontifical habit and entire, in 1001, on the 24th of April. By the fame of miracles performed at his relics, many resorted to the place, and a Benedictin priory was there built, though the saint’s body was soon after translated to the great abbey of Ramsey. Whitman, the third abbot at Ramsey, wrote a book of the miracles wrought at his tomb, which was afterwards augmented by Goscelin, a monk of Canterbury, about the year 1096. Pope Alexander V granted a license to build a church to his honour, in Cornwall, where his name was famous, and is given to a parliamentary borough.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Ivia, or Ivo, Bishop”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 April 2013. Web. 13 June 2021. <>