- Also known as
formerly 15 June
- For centuries legend said she was the daughter of Saint Peter, and that she was so beautiful that he had locked her in a tower to keep her from eligible men, but none of it is true.
She may have been related, a servant, a co-worker with Peter, one of his converts, his "spiritual daughter", or the tradition may have started because of the similarities of the names.
May have been related to Saint Domitilla.
Cured of palsy by Saint Peter.
One story says she refused a marriage offer by a pagan king named Flaccus; when he pressed his case, she went on a hunger strike, and died three days later.
Old inscriptions, however, list her as a martyr in the more common murdered-for-the-faith form.
- 1st century Roman citizen
1st century martyr
remains in Saint Peter's cathedral, Rome, Italy
- Name Meaning
- little rock;
feminine form of the name Petronius
dauphins of France
treaties between Popes and Frankish emperors
being healed by Saint Peter the Apostle
early Christian maiden with a broom
lying dead but incorrupt in her coffin with flowers in her hair as the coffin is opened during renovations
receiving the newly dead into heaven
set of keys
spurning a marriage proposal, represented by a ring, being offered by a king
standing with Saint Peter
woman holding a set of keys
woman with a dolphin
- Additional Information
Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature
For All The Saints
New Catholic Dictionary
Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson
español | français | deutsch | italiano | português