St. Ivo of Kermartin

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 05/19


Patron Of: Lawyers

Also known as
    Advocate of the Poor
    Ives
    Ivo Helory
    Ivo of Helory
    Ivo
    Yves
    Yvo
    Yvo of Kermartin

Memorial
    19 May

Profile
    Born to a wealthy Breton noble family. From age 14 he studied civil and canon lawyer, philosophy, and theology in Paris and Orleans. Franciscan tertiary. 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. Practiced great personal ascetism, with frequest fasts, and wearing a hair shirt under his clothing. Fought the state over taxes and the rights of the Church. 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. Ordained in 1284. Resigned his legal position in 1287 to tend to his parishioners at Tredez and Lovannec. 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. Miracle worker, feeding hundreds from a single loaf of bread.

Born
    17 October 1253 at Kermartin near Treguier, Brittany

Died
    19 May 1303 at Louannec, Brittany of natural causes following a sermon on Ascension Eve

Canonized
    June 1347 by Pope Clement VI

Patronage
    abandoned people
    advocates
    attorneys
    bailiffs
    barristers
    Brittany
    canon lawyers
    canonists
    judges
    jurists
    lawyers
    notaries
    orphans



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