New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Dorothea

detail of a colour lithograph of Saint Dorothy, date and artist unknown; part of the Wellcome Collection; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Greek: gift of God

Virgin, martyr (c.311), died Caesarea, Cappadocia. According to the legend the pagan, Theophilus, mocked her on her way to execution, “Bride of Christ, send me some fruits from your bridegroom’s garden.” Before she was put to death she sent him her headdress filled with heavenly fragrance of roses and fruits. He, confessing his newly-found faith, was also martyred. Patroness of gardeners. Emblems: crown of flowers and fruit. Relics in church of Saint Dorothea, Rome. Feast, 6 February.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Dorothea”. People of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 December 2010. Web. 19 January 2019. <>