Book of Saints – Dympna


DYMPNA (DYMPHNA) (Saint) Virgin Martyr (May 15) (6th century) Dympna, the daughter of a Pagan Irish chieftain, but herself secretly a Christian, was forced to fly her country in order to escape the guilty love of her unnatural parent. She settled at Gheel, a village in the present Province of Brabant, and devoted herself to works of charity. Her father pursued her and murdered both the Saint and the old priest who had advised and accompanied her. At her shrine lunatics and those possessed by devils were often miraculously cured; and in art she is frequently represented as dragging away a devil. She is the Patron Saint of the insane; and Gheel to-day is famous for asylums for lunatics, which arc among the best managed establishments of the sort. Saint Dympa is a sixth century Saint; but exact dates are not ascertainable.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Dympna”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. November 2012. Web. 15 June 2021. <>