Saint Martialis of Rome

statue of Saint Martialis; the statue is owned by Comitato Organizzativo San Marziale, Inc., Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, 10th and Bigler Street, South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; photographed by, and used with the permission of David FaustAlso known as

  • Martial
  • Marziale



Born to the Roman nobility, son of Saint Felicitas of Rome; one of the Seven Holy Brothers. His father died when the boy was very young. Martyred at age seven along with his whole family in the persecutions of Emperor Antoninus.

In the 19th century there was a serious drought in the area of Torricella, Italy. One day, two men from the town were wandering through a nearby shop that specialized in statues of saints. The men fell to debating on what saint or beati could best intervene for the town to end the drought. One of the men’s cape was suddenly caught on the extended arm of a statue of Marziale. They took this as a sign, and Marziale became the patron of Torricella.





MLA Citation

  • “Saint Martialis of Rome“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 July 2016. Web. 5 July 2020. <>