Church of England Diocese of Sodor and Man Malew and Santan

About Us

Saint Sanctain was a 6th-centuryManx bishop, who originally came from Northern Britain.

Sanctan was the son of Sawyl Punchel, a king in Northern Britain. He is said to have been a disciple of Saint Patrick,  though this is chronologically impossible. He was an active missionary in Cumbria, before becoming Bishop of the unidentified Cell da les (or 'church of the two forts'). This may be Kill-na-Sanctan near Dublin or on the Isle of Man, where the civil parish of Santon is named after him. His feast day is on 20 May.

The church is a delightful building with a well equipped church hall immediately adjacent.