Saint Hervé

Saint Herve of Brittany
(6th century)

Saint Herve, sometimes called Harvey or Hervues, is venerated throughout Brittany but we have few reliable particulars on him–his life was not written until the late medieval period.

All we really know is that he was a hermit in Brittany, where he is still highly venerated.

Herve was the son of the bard Hyvarnion, and was born blind. His father died when Herve was an infant.

He was raised by his uncles because his mother became an anchoress.

He lived for a while as a hermit and bard, and then joined a monastic school at Plouvien which had been founded by his uncle, Abbot of Plouvien, he built an abbey at Lanhourneau.

He was venerated as a miracle worker and bard.

He is reported to have a special ministry of healing animals, and to have a domesticated wolf as a companion.

He is invoked against eye trouble, and he is depicted with a wolf.



“Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.

But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?

Do not the tax collectors do the same?

And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that?

Do not the pagans do the same?

So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”” – Matthew 5:43-48.