Saint Ursula

stained glass window of Saint Urusla, date and artist unknown; Saint Joseph's Cathedral, Macon, Georgia; photographed by the author, summer 2003Memorial


Legendary princess, the daughter of a Christian British king. She travelled Europe in company of either 11 or 11,000 fellow maidens; the 11,000 number probably resulted from a misreading of the term “11M” which indicated 11 Martyrs, but which a copyist took for a Roman numeral. Ursula and her company were tortured to death to get them to renounce their faith, and old paintings of them show many of the women being killed in various painful ways. Namesake for the Ursuline Order, founded for the education of young Catholic girls and women.




  • arrow
  • banner
  • cloak
  • clock
  • maiden shot with arrows, often accompanied by a varied number of companions who are being martyred in assorted, often creative ways
  • ship
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ursula“. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 November 2015. Web. 30 November 2015. <>