Saint Liphardus of Orleans

detail of an antique Italian holy card of Saint Liphardus of Orleans; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Lifard
  • Lifardo
  • Lifardus
  • Lifart
  • Lifhard
  • Lifhart
  • Liphard
  • Liphart
  • Lyphard



A prominent lawyer in Orleans, France. He gave it all up to devote himself to prayer as a cave-dwelling hermit. At the age of fifty he and Saint Urbicius founded and entered a monastery of Meung-sur-Loire, France, and served as its abbot.




  • hermit in front of his cave fighting a dragon with a stick; legend says that the dragon was blocking Lifard’s way to a fountain; such an image is usually a metaphor for the saint defeating the evil that is keeping him from God
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Liphardus of Orleans“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 June 2020. Web. 28 November 2021. <>