Book of Saints – Helena the Empress

detail from 'Saint Helena' by Cima da Conegliano, c.1495Article

(Helen) (Saint) Empress. (August 18) Widow. (4th century) Traditionally Saint Helena has for centuries been looked upon as a native of Britain; but modern writers hold to the view that she was by birth an Asiatic. Married to Constantius Chlorus (afterwards colleague of the Emperor Maximian Herculeus), she bore him at York a son, Constantine, destined to be the first Christian Emperor. Helena did not become a Christian until after the peace of the Church (A.D. 313). She spent the rest of her life in the East and in Rome, where she died about A.D. 328, having passed her days in works of piety and charity. She had a memorable share in the Discovery of the Cross on which Our Lord suffered, and in building up the Holy Places of Jerusalem. Part of her relics are in France, part have been retained in Rome.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Helena the Empress”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 September 2013. Web. 19 January 2019. <>