Santa Agatha (St. Agatha)

Br. Arturo Olivas, OFS

Artist's Narrative:
St. Agatha was a 3rd century Sicilian martyr of noble birth. According to legend she refused the solicitations of the pagan Roman senator Quinctanius who had her tortured for being a Christian. The Romans cut off her breasts and raked her over fiery coals. At this point an earthquake shook the town of Catania and Agatha was returned to prison where she died.

St. Agatha is the patron of women who suffer from breast ailments including breast cancer. She is also patron of bell makers and protects against volcanic eruptions.

Her feast day is February 5.


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