St. Agatha

St. Agatha is one of the seven women, besides the Virgin Mary, commemorated by name in the Roman Missal. Agatha was born in Sicily, into an affluent family. At a young age Agatha made the decision to devote her life to Christ, and resisted marriage to any man. She was soon imprisoned, tortured and finally martyred for her refusal to marry. St. Agatha is the patroness of nurses and breast cancer. Her feast day is celebrated on February 5th.