Saint Bibiana

statue of Saint Bibiana by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Santa Bibiana, Rome, Italy, date unknown; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Viviana
  • Vivian
  • Vibiana



Her parents, Saint Flavian of Acquapendente and Dafrosa of Acquapendente, were martyred in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate, and Vivian and her sister Demetria were turned over to a woman named Rufina who tried to force them into prostitution. Upon her continued refusal to co-operate, Vivian was imprisoned in a mad house, then flogged to death.

A church was built over her grave, in the garden of which grew an herb that cured headache and epilepsy. This and her time spent with the mentally ill led to her areas of patronage.





MLA Citation

  • “Saint Bibiana“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 April 2021. Web. 27 September 2021. <>