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Effigy of St Hervé, with St Milau in the background, in the parish church at Guimiliau.
Guimiliau, Breton chiefdoms
|Venerated in||Eastern Orthodox Church|
Roman Catholic Church
|Attributes||Blind abbot telling frogs to be quiet or being led by a wolf or his child guide|
|Patronage||The blind; bards; musicians; invoked against eye problems, eye disease; invoked to cure sick horses|
Saint Hervé (c. 521 – 556 AD), also known as Harvey, Herveus, Houarniaule, or Huva, was a sixth-century Breton saint. Along with Saint Ives, he is one of the most popular of the Breton saints. He was born in Guimiliau (Gwimilio).
Hervé was born blind. With his disciple Guiharan, Hervé lived near Plouvien as a hermit and bard. He had the power to cure animals and was accompanied by a domesticated wolf. His wolf devoured the ox or donkey Hervé used in plowing. Hervé then preached a sermon that was so eloquent that the wolf begged to be allowed to serve in the ox's stead. Hervé's wolf pulled the plow from that day on.
Saint Hervé is venerated throughout Brittany. His feast day is 17 June.