Saint Victoria Remembered for Persevering Through Abuse


St. VictoriaSaint Victoria lived in Picenum, Italy during pagan Roman rule. Saint Victoria and her sister Saint Anatolia are remembered as beautiful Catholic noble women. They were unfortunately arranged to wed noble pagan men who were far from pleased at having heard that they were practicing Catholics. Saint Victoria was initially content with marrying the pagan as she hope that she would be able to convert him but her sister refused to marry and convinced St. Victoria to do the same as they both sought to devote their lives solely to God.

Now the Saints begin to be TESTED!

The noble pagan suitors both manage to strike a deal with local authorities that allow them to imprison each sister in their respective houses in order to hopefully convince them to denounce their faith. Both sisters responded by selling all of their possessions, giving all of their money to the poor, and devoting themselves to God. Both sisters, during their imprisonment, managed to convert all of the guards, maids, and servants in their respective houses.

Let the MIRACLES commence!

Needless to say, the suitors were both furious at the sister’s failure to denounce their faith and acts of converting the guards, maids, etc. Saint Anatolis’s suitor simply could no longer stand it and therefore, hired Audax to execute her. He initially locked her in a room with a venomous snake which failed to harm her. Upon seeing this, he converted himself and was later martyred as well. Saint Anatolia’s suitor was shocked and therefore, took the initiative to martyr her by stabbing her himself.

What an incredible story but wait, it gets BETTER.

Saint Victoria’s suitor get’s word of what happened and therefore continues to try his best to convince Saint Victoria to change her mind. He goes through periods of great kindness towards her followed with periods of extreme ill-treatment for years. Eventually he gives up on her and stabs her to death himself in a fit of rage. According to legend, he was instantly struck with leprosy and died 6 days later eaten by worms.

Final Thoughts

Saint Victoria is one of the few saints to have their murderer also face death and illness directly following the act. The story of Saint Victoria and her sister is one of sisterhood, conversion, martyrdom,and sacrifice. Few stories of saints contain all of these powerful elements. Saint Veronica had incredible faith and courage which she displayed in a very unique way. Her feast day is December 23rd.

Saint Victoria is the patron of Anticoli Corrado, Italy and common devotion to her is expressed in Saint Victoria Medals which feature her with a knife representing her martyrdom.


About Nick

Nick is a writer at The Catholic Company. He is a graduate of Belmont Abbey College with a degree in Theology. He is also the Marketing Assistant / Web Analyst at the Catholic Company. You can reach him on Google+.
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6 Responses to Saint Victoria Remembered for Persevering Through Abuse

  1. Germaine says:

    Dear Nick,
    Thank you very much for the article on the life of st Victoria. My daughter has this anglophone name and his brothers always joke with her name, saying, she does not have any saint Victoria… I have printed the text for her ! ! ! although she cannot read English now (she is 8 !)
    We are in Africa Francophone, and the name does not appear in our calendars!
    May the Lord provide you with all graces you need to continue his work for the glory of his holy name !

  2. Victoria says:

    I have always looked for my Saint. I finally found it. All I can say is that I have a great name to live up to.

    I have always felt that there is something that I have to accomplish before God calls me back home. I believe he had give me the answer through your article

    God keep you and bless you always

  3. wabari Victoria N. says:

    am glad to know that my name is a saintly name.

  4. victoria peter says:

    Oh great saint i am glad to b named after u pray to God for me dat i may desire God in truth n in spirit as u did even to d hour of my death n above all to live a chaste n couragious live AMEN

  5. victoria nwankwo says:

    Am happy to read saint victoria’s story. I have always known that victoria is a saint name but just read it

  6. victoria Inwang says:

    Woww! I’m so happy to read about my patron saint. All this while I thought my mum wasn’t fair to me that amongst my sisters, it’s only me that my name is not after a saint. But with what I’ve read, I can convince those around me. Saint Victoria, Pray for us

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