Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Julian, First Bishop of Mans, Confessor


[Towards the end of the Third Century.] He was succeeded by Saint Turibius. His head is shown in the cathedral of Mans, but the most of his relics in the neighbouring Benedictine abbey of nuns called Saint Julian’s du Prè, famous for miracles; though the greater part of these relics was burnt, or scattered in the wind by the Huguenots, who plundered the shrine of Saint Julian, in 1562. He was much honoured in France, and many churches built during the Norman succession in England, especially about the reign of Henry II who was baptised in the church of Saint Julian, at Mans, bear his name: one in particular at Norwich, which the people by mistake imagine to have been dedicated under the title of the venerable Juliana, a Benedictine nun at Norwich, who died in the odour of sanctity, but never was publicly invoked as a saint. Saint Julian of Mans had an office in the Sarum Breviary.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Julian, First Bishop of Mans, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 January 2013. Web. 3 December 2020. <>