Prayers, Quips and Quotes: St. Ivo of Kermartin, Feast Day May 19

St. Ivo Painting by Rogier van der Weyden Public Domain Image
St. Ivo
Painting by Rogier van der Weyden
Public Domain Image

The feast day of St. Ivo of Kermartin is celebrated on May 19.

St. Ivo was born in Kermarton, Brittany, France on Oct. 17, 1253. He studied at the University of Paris, becoming a lawyer. He quickly became well known for his knowledge of philosophy, theology and canon law. He was appointed a judge of the Ecclesiastical Court and received minor orders. It is believed he entered the Third Order of Franciscans. He was ordained a priest in 1284.

St. Ivo’s defense of the downtrodden earned him the title “Advocate of the Poor.” He often visited the poor in prison and payed their expenses. He refused to take bribes which was a common corruption of that time.

Eventually, St. Ivo was elected as an official for the Bishop of Treguier. In this position he resisted the taxation imposed upon the church. St. Ivo also built a hospital. St. Ivo served as a parish priest for 18 years. He died on May 19, 1303 at the age of 50. He was canonized by Pope Clement VI in 1347.

St. Ivo is the patron saint of lawyers, judges, orphans and widows.


The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avert suffering the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.

Quote of Thomas Merton

May is the Month of Our Lady.

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