New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Dympna

detail from the painting 'Martyrdom of Saint Dymphna and Saint Gerebernus' by Gerard Seghers, early 17th century; Staatsgalerie im Neuen Schloss, Schleißheim, Germany; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Dimpna) Virgin, martyr, died Gheel, Belgium, 7th century. According to legend she fled from Ireland to Gheel with the priest Gerebernus, to escape the unholy desire of her own father, a pagan king of Ireland. The latter, however, discovered their whereabouts and put them to death. She is invoked against insanity, and as a result of the miraculous cures effected, through her intercession, a colony for lunatics has grown up at Gheel. Relics at Gheel. Feast, 15 May.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Dympna”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 October 2012. Web. 15 June 2021. <>