St. Patricia of Naples


Commemorated on August 25

St. Patricia was born in Constantinople in the seventh century and was related to the imperial family.  

After deciding to dedicate her life to God, she fled to escape an arranged marriage.  St. Patricia went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and then to Rome, where she consecrated herself to God as a virgin.  She then returned to Constantinople and gave away all of her possessions. 

She is the patron saint of Naples where she entered into the Heavenly Kingdom in 665.  It is said that a vial of her blood liquefies periodically.

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