St. Philomena (Virgin and Martyr)

Little is known of the life of St. Philomena before the discovery of her celebrated tomb in the Catacombs of Priscilla in Rome. An inscription near her tomb read “Peace be with thee, Philomena.” Near her bones was discovered a small glass vial, containing the remains of blood. Because it was a popular custom of the early martyrs to leave symbols and signs such as these, it was determined that St. Philomena was a virgin and a martyr. She was venerated by other saints such as St. John Vianney, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, St. Peter Eymard, and St. Peter Chanel.

After hundreds of miraculous cures and other miracles, she was beatified in 1837. St. Philomena, whom the pope named as the Patroness of the Living Rosary and the Patroness of the Children of Mary, is the only person recognized as a saint solely on the basis of her powerful intercession, although revelations regarding her life have been recorded.

Her feast day is celebrated on August 11, with St. Clare.

Prayer for the intercession of St. Philomena:

Illustrious Virgin and Martyr, Saint Philomena,
Behold me kneeling in spirit before you.
Full of confidence in your protection,
I beseech you to intercede for me.
From heaven, please look upon us.
Spouse of Jesus Christ,
console me in my troubles,
strengthen me in temptations,
protect me in the dangers which surround me;
obtain all the graces necessary for me,
especially [your intentions],
and assist me at my death.

Other Saints We Remember Today

St. Beatriz da Silva (1490), Virgin, Foundress of Conceptionists

St. Hyacinth (1257), Priest, Religious, Apostle of Poland, invoked against drowning

  • Mary Ann

    St Philomena has played a big part in my life since September, 1976. I can relate so many answers to prayer for myself and for others through her intercession. Some of them are amazing. The latest of these marvels took place only a few days ago. The very first novena that I said to her, was answered super fast and brought about my vocation as a wife and a mother. At St John Vianney’s Church at Ars in France, I saw the nineteenth century crutches of the cripples, that were cured by St Philomena. They are in a special side chapel that has a statue of her. St John Vianney used to recommend her devotion to everyone. His words were: “My children, Saint Philomena has great power with God, and she has moreover a kind heart, let us pray to her with confidence. Her virginity and generosisty in embracing her heroic martyrdom has rendered her so agreeable to God that He will never refuse her anything that she asks for us.”

    On the mountain of La Salette in France, I saw the statue of St Philomena that had been erected by the French during a national pilgrimage. Devotion to St Philomena was widespread in Italy, France and then through the rest of Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas and the Pacific and other parts of the world. Most of this can be attributed to St John Vianney who taught the devotion to the pilgrims who came to Ars and then they took this devotion back to their own countries.

    My maternal great grandmother, who migrated to Australia from Ireland named one of her ten children Rose Philomena and the Maltese community put a statue of St Philomena into the church of St Brigid at Prospect (in Sydney), where I was baptised. I do not remember seeing this statue, but my mother told me that it had been in the church at one stage.

    St John Vianney used to have his bed set on fire by the devil. When the flames reached St Philomena’s picture on the wall above his bed, the flames went out. She must be a powerful opponent of the devil. There are stories of nineteenth century exorcisms that took pack in Italy that bear this fact out. Last Sunday my parish celebrated it’s parish feast day, the solemnity of St John Vianney. We have a small statue of St Philomena in our church.

    I put the story of how I came to know St Philomena at the following link:

    The following story comes from my book which is entitled: Help from heaven (Answers to prayers). The book can be read free-online at the following link:

    The stories cover many different siutations and many saints and devotions.The stories came from my own experiences, from family, friends, relatives and acquaintances. There is also an article on miracles, on how to meditate on the Rosary, prayers and some poems in the book.

    The healing of an alcoholic (Saint Philomena the Wonder Worker)
    A twenty-one year old mother of two small children confided to me that she was forced to work at the local greengrocer shop to pay for her weekly fruit and vegetable bill because her husband was an unemployed alcoholic. He was wasting a portion of their very limited income each night on a bottle of hard liquor. I gave her a book entitled Saint Philomena the Wonder Worker and a novena to Saint Philomena, which she gratefully accepted. About a week later I asked how things were going for her. The answer left me stunned because I had not expected problems of that magnitude to be fixed up so quickly. Her husband had stopped drinking and he had also obtained paid employment doing sign painting on shop windows.

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  • chaylupita

    Here’s a beautiful story of St. Philomena working in several lives through ONE painting! This gorgeous painting of St. Philomena was unveiled on the Feast of St. John Vianney Aug 5th 2010.

    My page in honor of St. Philomena


    O Jan. 13, 1837, Pope Gregory XVI named St. Philomena Patroness of the Living Rosary, and declared her to be the “Thaumaturga,” the “Great Wonder-Worker of the nineteenth century.