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Saint Perpetua

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Saint Perpetua

Birth
Death 7 Mar
Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Memorial ID 140279105 View Source
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Roman Catholic Saint. Born Vibia Perpetua circa 182, she came from a prosperous pagan family. At the time of her arrest in the year 203, Perpetua was married and a mother of a nursing infant. She was a catechumen (Christians being instructed in the faith but not yet baptized) who was baptized after she was arrested. While in prison, Pepetua wrote a journal that chronicled her trial and imprisonment, which was completed by a contemporary who described Perpetua’s death in the arena. This journal came to be known as The Passions of Saints Perpetua and Felicity. In her journal, Perpetua writes about how her father, who was a pagan, made an impassioned but fruitless plea for her to reject Christianity. She also writes about having prophetic dreams about going to heaven and having a vision of her younger brother, Dinocrates, who died of a disfiguring disease at the age of seven. In her vision, she saw that Dinocrates was alone in a dark place. Perpetua prayed for her brother and later had a vision of him happy and healthy. On March 7, 203, Perpetua and Felicity were stripped of their clothes and thrown into the arena to be scourged by a wild heifer. They were then put to death by their throats being cut. Their feast day is March 7.

Bio by: Red Queen


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Red Queen
  • Added: 20 Dec 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 140279105
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/140279105/perpetua : accessed ), memorial page for Saint Perpetua (unknown–7 Mar), Find a Grave Memorial ID 140279105, citing Basilique Majorum, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .