Book of Saints – Sunnifa

detail of a marble statue of Saint Sunniva of Selja; sculpture by Arne Meland, date unknown; harbour of Selje, Norway; photographed on 12 September 2015 by Atle Råsberg; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) Virgin Martyr (July 8) (10th century) An Irish maiden whom tradition asserts to have been cast away by shipwreck on the coast of Norway, together with other maidens her companions. There they appear to have led a life of seclusion and prayer. To them the old Scottish Church undoubtedly gave a liturgical cultus, as to canonised Saints.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Sunnifa”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 July 2016. Web. 26 January 2022. <>