Saints of the Day – Emerentiana, Martyr

detail of a statue of Saint Emerentiana; date unknown, artist unknown; chapel of Saint-Emerentienne, Venasque, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France; photographed on 15 August 2014 by Peter Potrowl; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(also known as Emerentia) Died 304 (?). According to the Roman Martyrology, Saint Emerentiana was the foster sister of Saint Agnes. While she was still a catechumen, Emerentiana was discovered by a pagan mob praying at the tomb of her recently martyred sister, and was stoned to death. There was, indeed, a real Roman martyr named Emerentiana, whose cultus is very ancient, as testified by its inclusion in the martyrologies of Jerome, Bede, and others, but not even the date of her death is known. She may have suffered with Saints Victor, Felix, and Alexander. It is claimed by Alban Butler that her relics were recovered with those of her sister in Christ near the Church of Saint Agnes on the Via Nomentana when it was being restored during the reign of Pope Paul V. Farmer reports that they were found nearby. Her connection with Saint Agnes ensured her popularity (Attwater2, Benedictines, Coulson, Encyclopedia, Farmer, Husenbeth). Saint Emerentiana is pictured as a young maiden with a stone or being stoned by a mob at Saint Agnes’s tomb (Roeder). She is invoked against colic and stomach ache (Roeder).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 October 2021. Web. 16 October 2021. <>