St. Petronilla

St. Petronilla Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 05/31
Tridentine Calendar - 06/15


Patron Of: Mountain Travelers, Against Fever

Also known as
    Aurelia Petronilla
    Pernelle
    Peroline
    Perrenotte
    Perrette
    Perrine
    Perronelle
    Petronella
    Peyronne
    Peyronnelle
    Pierrette
    Pérette
    Périne
    Pétronille

Memorial
    31 May
    formerly 15 June

Profile
    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.

Born
    1st century Roman citizen

Died
    1st century martyr
    remains in Saint Peter's cathedral, Rome, Italy

Name Meaning
    little rock; feminine form of the name Petronius

Patronage
    against fever
    dauphins of France
    mountain travelers
    treaties between Popes and Frankish emperors

Representation
    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



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All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


 
 

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