Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Magloire, Bishop and Confessor


He was fellow-disciple of Saint Sampson under Saint Iltutus in Wales, his cousin and his zealous companion in his apostolical labours in Armorica or Brittany, and he succeeded him in the abbey of Dole, and in the episcopal character. His labours were attended with a great harvest of souls. After three years, he resigned his bishopric, being seventy years old, and retired into a desert on the continent, and some time after into the isle of Jersey, where he founded and governed a monastery of sixty monks. He lived on barley-bread and pulse, ate only after sunset, and on Wednesdays and Fridays took no nourishment at all: on Sundays and festivals he added to his bread a little fish. For six months before he died he never stirred out of the church, but when he was obliged by some necessity; and he frequently repeated with sighs: One thing I have asked of the Lord: this will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. He died about the year 575, and is honored on the 24th of October. His relics were removed to Paris for fear of the Normans, with those of Saint Sampson, in the tenth century, and are there kept in the church of Saint James, which now bears his name, was a Benedictin monastery, but now belongs to the great seminary of the French Oratorians, and the abbacy is united to the archbishopric.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Magloire, Bishop and Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 October 2013. Web. 15 October 2021. <>