Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint John, Priest and Confessor


[Surnamed of Moutier, and of Chinon] Saint Gregory of Tours informs us, that he was a native of Great Britain, and led a retired life at Chinon or Caion, a village in the diocess of Tours. He confined himself to a little cell and oratory, with an orchard over against the church, and declined all superfluous commerce with men. In his orchard, which he cultivated himself, he planted a few laurel-trees, which, says, Saint Gregory, are now so grown, that the boughs being brought together they form an agreeable shade. Under these laurel trees he used to sit reading or writing. After his death he was interred in the same place, and many sick were restored to their health by his intercession with God, as the same author assures us. Saint John flourished in the sixth century. He is commemorated in the Roman, Gallican, and English Martyrologies on the 27th of June.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint John, Priest and Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 June 2013. Web. 18 September 2021. <>