AFRA (Saint) Martyr (August 5) (4th century) Said to have been a courtesan in the city of Augsburg in Bavaria, but converted by a saintly Bishop, whom she sheltered in his flight from his persecutors. When the persecution reached Augsburg, Afra was seized and taken before the judge, who, failing to move her constancy, condemned her to be burned alive (A.D. 304). The same fate attended her mother, Saint Hilaria, and her maids, Digna, Eunomia and Eutropia. These pious women, whilst occupied in the interment of Saint Afra, were imprisoned in the burial vault by soldiers, who filled it with burning logs and branches, and so roasted them to death. An Abbey Church was built over the vault and dedicated to Saint Afra.