Saint Dorothy of Caesarea

detail of a colour lithograph of Saint Dorothy, date and artist unknown; part of the Wellcome Collection; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Dora
  • Dorotea
  • Dorothea



Apochryphal martyr whose story has been beautifully told, and was popular for many years. Having made a personal vow of virginity, she refused to marry, or to sacrifice to idols. She was tried, tortured, and sentenced to death for her faith by the prefect Sapricius. The pagan lawyer Theophilus said to her in mockery, “Bride of Christ, send me some fruits from your bridegroom’s garden.” Before she was executed, she sent him, by a six-year-old boy who is thought to have been an angel, her headress which had the fragrance of roses and fruits. Seeing this gift, and the miraculous messenger who brought them, Theophilus converted, and was martyred himself. This story has been variously enlarged through the years. In some places, trees are blessed on her feast day because of her connection with a blooming, fruitful miracle.


Name Meaning

  • gift of God (greek)




MLA Citation

  • “Saint Dorothy of Caesarea“. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 October 2021. Web. 6 December 2021. <>