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 and Saint Daria. 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.

There are other saints closely associated with Ursula and her story –





MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ursula“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 October 2016. Web. 22 October 2016. <>