ST. JOHN, PRIEST AND CONFESSOR, SURNAMED OF
MOUTIER, AND OF CHINON
ST. GREGORY of Tours informs us, that he was a
native of Great Britain, and led a retired life at Chinon, or Caion,
a village in the diocese of Tours. He confined himself to a little
cell and oratory, with an orchard over against the church, and
declined all superfluous commerce with men. In his orchard, which he
cultivated himself, he planted a few laurel-trees, which, says St.
Gregory, are now so grown, that the boughs being brought together
they form an agreeable shade. Under these laurel-trees he used to sit
reading or writing. After his death he was interred in the same
place, and many sick were restored to their health by his
intercession with God, as the same author assures us. Saint John
flourished in the sixth century. He is commemorated in the Roman,
Gallican, and English Martyrologies, on the 27th of June. See St.
Gregory of Tours,1. de Gloriâ Confess., c. 23, &c.