Book of Saints – Rufina and Secunda

detail of a painting of Saint Rufina and Saint Secunda, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiArticle

(Saints) Virgin Martyrs(July 10) (3rd century) Two sisters, natives of Rome, whose promised husbands, terrified by the horrors of the persecution of Christianity then raging, had renounced the Christian Faith. In its profession, on the contrary, the two holy women persevered to the end, neither promises nor threats availing aught to shake their resolution. After being put to the torture, they were beheaded (A.D. 257) under the Emperors Valerian and Gallienus. Their Relics are enshrined in the Baptistery of the Lateran Basilica.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Rufina and Secunda”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 July 2016. Web. 23 February 2019. <>