Saints related to Patron-of-martyrs

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  • St. Anastasia
    Little is known for sure about this early St. Anastasia, except that she suffered martyrdom in Sirumium. According to legend she suffered during the Diocletian persecution and was either beheaded or burned December 25th.
  • St. Dymphna
    St. Dymphna was a seventh century Irish virgin martyr. She was 15 (in about 620) when she lost her life spurning the incestuous advances of her father who insisted on marrying her to replace her deceased mother. St. Dymphna is the patroness of those with mental and neurological afflictions.
  • St. Edith Stein
    St. Edith Stein was born into a Jewish family in 1891 at Breslaw, Germany. She converted to Catholicism, eventually becoming a Carmelite nun. Although her order tried to save her from the Nazis, she was taken and died in the concentration camps at Auschwitz.
  • St. Felicity
    A noble woman of Rome during the second century, St. Felicity and was arrested and ordered to sacrifice to an idol. She refused and as punishment, she was forced to watch as each of her seven sons were killed, one by one. Months later, she suffered martyrdom herself.
  • St. Joan of Arc
    When St. Joan of Arc was 16, heavenly voices revealed to her that God wanted her to save France. She courageously led French forces to a number of victories over the English in the Hundred Years War. Eventually, the English took her prisoner and tried her for heresy. She was convicted on false evidence and burned as a heretic. It wasn't until 500 years after her death that she was finally canonized.
  • St. Lucy
    St. Lucy lived in Syracuse in the early fourth century and was a virgin martyr of the Diocletian persecution. Refusing to marry a pagan, St. Lucy was turned over to the governor and she was tortured and killed. According to legend, as part of her tortures, her eyes were put out.
  • St. Maria Goretti
    St. Maria Goretti was born Oct. 16, 1890 at Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy. She was stabbed repeatedly during a rape attempt when she refused to submit. In the hospital, St. Maria forgave the young man before dying of her wounds. She died on July 6, 1902, before her twelfth birthday.
  • St. Perpetua
    St. Perpetua was converted to Cristianity in 203, during the reign of Emporer Septimus Severus. She was arrested for being a Christian, along with four others. St. Felicity was one of the four imprisoned with her. They were set against beasts in the arena. Unharmed by the enrage cow set against her, St. Perpetua was beheaded.