St Ivo of Kermartin – Feast Day – May 19

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St Ivo of Kermartin, also known as Yvo, Yves, Ives, Erwan, Iwan, Youenn, Eozenn, Yves Helory or Advocate of the Poor was a parish priest in Louannec, France. He was born on October 17 1253 at Kermartin, Brittany France and died on May 19 1303 in Louannec, Brittany at the age of 49. We celebrate his feast day on May 19 every year in the Catholic Church.

Saint Ivo of Kermartin is the Patron Saint of

  • Abandoned people
  • Advocates, attorneys, barristers, lawyers
  • Bailiffs
  • Brittany
  • Canon lawyers, canonists
  • Judges, jurists
  • Notaries
  • Orphans

Saint Ivo of Kermartin brief life History

Date of Birth October 17 1253
Place of Birth Kermartin, Brittany, France
Profession Priest
Place of Work Brittany, France
Date of Death May 19 1303 (aged 49)
Place of Death Louannec, Brittany, France
Feast Day May 19
Canonization By Pope Clement VI on June 1347
Patron Saint of
  • Abandoned people
  • Advocates, attorneys, barristers, lawyers
  • Bailiffs
  • Brittany
  • Canon lawyers, canonists
  • Judges, jurists
  • Notaries
  • Orphans

Saint Ivo of Kermartin Life History

Saint Ivo of Kermartin is also known as
• Advocate of the Poor
• Ivo Helory
• Ivo Herloi
• Ivo of Helory
• Ives, Yves, Yvo

He was born to a wealthy Breton noble family.
• From age 14 he studied civil and canon lawyer, philosophy, and theology in Paris and Orleans.
• He was a Franciscan tertiary.
• He was a Lawyer who practised in both civil and ecclesiastical courts, often defending the poor without charge, and ministering to them in prison while they awaited trial.
• He practised great personal ascetism, with frequent fasts, and wearing a hair shirt under his clothing.
• He fought the state over taxes and the rights of the Church.
• He was an incorruptible diocesan judge, refusing the bribes that were the order of the day, and working to settle claims out of court in order to save the litigants time and money.
• He was ordained in 1284. He resigned his legal position in 1287 to tend to his parishioners at Tredez and Lovannec.
• He was a noted preacher and arbitor, he built a hospital from his own funds, tended the poor in it, and gave away the harvests from his land to feed them.
• He was a miracle worker, feeding hundreds from a single loaf of bread.

Saint Ivo of Kermartin died on May 19 1303 at Louannec, Brittany of natural causes following a sermon on Ascension Eve

Saint Ivo of Kermartin
Saint Ivo of Kermartin

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