Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Joavan, or Joevin, Bishop and Confessor


This saint was a fervent disciple of Saint Paul of Leon, in Great Britain, his own country, accompanied him into Armorica, led an anchoretical life near him in the country of Ack, and afterwards in the isle of Baz. That great saint chose him coadjutor in his bishopric, when he retired a little before his death. Saint Joavan survived him only one year. He is titular saint of two parish churches in the diocess of Saint Paul of Leon, etc. See Lobineau, Vies des Saints de la Bretagne, from the breviary and tradition of that church, though the life of Saint Jovian, copied by Albert the Great, etc. deserves no regard.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Joavan, or Joevin, Bishop and Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 March 2013. Web. 25 September 2021. <>