Member of the household of the imperial Roman senator Eutychiu, Devota wanted to devote herself to a life of God, but was imprisoned, tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian by order of the prefect Barbarus. Tradition says that flowers bloom out of season on her feast day.
- tortured to death on the rack c.303
- prefect Barbarus ordered her body burned to prevent veneration, but it was stolen by Christians and put on a boat to Africa to receive Christian burial there; when a storm threatened the boat, a dove flew from Devote’s mouth, the storm abated and the bird guided the boat to Les Gaumetes (in modern Monaca)
- she was buried near a shrine of Saint George
- a chapel was soon built at her grave, which survives today
- relics at Riviera de Porenta, Monaco
- “Saint Devota“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 January 2017. Web. 28 February 2017. <>