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Saint Dyfan
Honored in

Roman Catholic Church

Eastern Orthodox Church

May 26 (Roman Catholic)[1]

May 14 or May 26 (Eastern Orthodox)

Dyfan is the name of a 2nd-century saint, recorded as a missionary to Wales.

According to the 12th-century historian, William of Malmesbury, Dyfan was sent to Wales as a companion of the missionary Saint Fagan, in the second half of the second century by Pope Eleutherius.[2]

Gomer Roberts reports Gwilym Teilo's opinion that Dyfan was a missionary who came to Wales in the second century with Fagan, Meudwy and Elfan; Roberts notes that his name may also recall Dyfnan, one of the sons of Brychan Brycheiniog, and that associating a missionary named Dyfan with the dedication of a chapel as Llandyfan is conjecture because the place was always called Llandyfân with the accent on the last syllable.[3]

Dyfan's name is also cited as Damian, Diruvianus and Deruvian.[4]

The Eastern Orthodox Church may keep the memory of Saints Fagan and Dyfan, together with Pope Eleutherius, on May 26,[5] or of St Dyfan alone on May 14.[6]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Mullins, Daniel J.. Early Welsh Saints. Carreg-Gwalch Press, 2003, p. 30.
  3. ^ Roberts, Gomer, Hanes Plwyf Llandybie (History of the Parish of Llandybie), 1939), cited at Norman, Terry, Llandyfan Church, [2], accessed 17 October 2012.
  4. ^ Rabenstein, Katherine I., Saint of the Day Summaries prepared in 1989, [3], accessed 17 October 2012.
  5. ^ Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome, [4], accessed 17 October 2012.
  6. ^ OrthodoxWiki entry Dyfan of Merthyr, [5], accessed 17 October 2012.