Saint Liberata of Como

detail of a fresco of Santa Liberata; 1429, artist unknown; Cappella di Santa Maria della Stella, Macello, Province of Turin, Italy; photographed on 18 November 2012 by Laurom; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageMemorial

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Born to the wealthy, Italian nobility; sister of Saint Faustina of Como. Their mother died when the girls were very small, and they were raised by a guardian. Their father tried to arrange marriages for them, but both girls were drawn to religious life and fled their homes for Como, Italy, where they became Benedictine nuns. They founded the Santa Margarita convent in Como; it lasted over 1,000 years.

In Como the sisters came across a woman dying on a cross, having been crucified by her husband for unknown reasons; Liberata took her down from the cross and miraculously healed her wounds by praying over her.

Born

Died

Canonized

Patronage

Representation

  • with Saint Faustina of Como (her sister)
  • with Saint Margaret (the patron of the convent Liberata founded)
  • Benedictine nun holding a lily
  • holding two babies in swaddling clothes; they represent two young saints, traditionally Saint Vital and Saint Valeria, the sisters met as infants; this image led to her tradition of patronage of babies, for safe childbirth and related matters
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Liberata of Como“. Saints.SQPN.com. 22 January 2015. Web. 26 January 2015. <>