Saint Ksenia Blazhennaya Peterburzhskaya

[Saint Ksenia Blazhennaya Peterburzhskaya]


Wealthy Russian aristocratic lay woman married to an army officer. Widowed, she withdrew from the aristocratic life, financed churches, and gave away her wealth to the poor. Her family claimed she was insane and took her to court to stop her charity; the judge found her healthy and sane, and said she could do as she pleased. Ksenia was left homeless, living in a Saint Petersburg cemetery, and became known as a “fool for Christ”. She helped the local poor during the day, especially mothers of young children, and would work on church construction sites at night, moving bricks and materials so workmen could finish quicker during the day. She had the gift of prophesy, and of healing sick children.





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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ksenia Blazhennaya Peterburzhskaya“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 August 2013. Web. 27 October 2016. <>