Saint Febronia
Born 284
Died 304
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church Eastern Orthodox Church
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Feast 12 February Roman Catholic

25 June Eastern Orthodox

Attributes Palm of martyrdom and the shears used to cut off her breasts
Patronage Palagonia, Sicily

Febronia of Nisibis, also known as Febronia of Sebapte, was a nun at Nisibis, Mesopotamia. She suffered persecution under Diocletian, who offered her freedom if she renounced her faith and married his nephew, Lysimachus, who had been leading to conversion to Christianity. Febronia refused and was tortured, suffered bodily mutalation and death. Lysimachus, witnessing her suffering, converted[1].

Febronia is one of the 140 Colonnade saints which adorn St. Peter's Square.


  1. Saint Febronia of Nisibis Patron Saint Index

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