New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Genevieve

detail of an illustration of Saint Genevieve; 1887 by Charles Sprague Pearce; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Virgin, born Nanterre, France, c.419; died Paris, France, 512. At an early age she consecrated herself to God under the direction of Saint Germain of Auxerre, and received the veil from his hands. Thereafter she devoted herself to prayer, mortification, and works of charity. She encouraged the inhabitants of Paris not to flee on the approach of Attila, and when the city was later besieged by Merowig she was an example of devotedness and self-sacrifice. It was at her suggestion that Clovis began the Church of Saints Peter and Paul at Mont-les-Paris, in which her remains were afterwards interred. The miracles wrought there caused her name to be given to the church. Several religious institutes have borne the saint’s name, notably the Canons Regular of Saint Genevieve, reformed by Charles Faure, and the Daughters of Saint Genevieve founded by Francesca de Blosset, 1636, now represented by the Sisters of the Holy Family. Patroness of Paris. Emblems: bread, keys, herd, candle. Relics destroyed 1871. Feast, 3 January.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Genevieve”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 October 2010. Web. 24 October 2021. <>