St. Syra (Syria) of Ireland


Commemorated on June 8

St. Syra was born in Ireland in the seventh century. She was the sister of St. Fiacre (Fiaker) and followed him from Ireland to France. She sought the protection of Bishop Saint Faro of Meaux, who gave her into the care of his sister, St. Burgudofara, abbess of Brie. As a recluse under Faro’s direction, Syra became the model of humility, charity, and devotion.

St. Syra died in the diocese of Meaux, France, and is honored there among the holy virgins. Her feast is also kept in some parts of Ireland.

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