Saint Dymphna

Saint Dymphna

Patron of psychotherapists, social workers, and all those to whom they administer
Feast Day: May 15

Dymphna’s story took place long ago. Dymphna was very young when she suffered the loss of her mother. Sadly, this was only the beginning of Dymphna’s troubles. Her father, an incestuous boor, wanted Dymphna for his new bride because she reminded him of his former wife, Dymphna’s mother! This understandably caused Dymphna to have emotional problems and she quickly ran away from home. She spent most of her life trying to flee her father’s illicit pursuits. Eventually, he caught up with her but she resisted him until her death. A cathedral was then built to honor Dymphna and soon it became known as a healing place for the mentally ill who took comfort there. In art, Dymphna is often drawn with a sword as she is in the SfS medal. Wear Saint Dymphna to honour all of our mental health professionals – those who are thankfully answering the calls and helping to provide for the needs of the homeless and all who suffer various forms of mental illness. © 1999

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Wear this medal and then
share it with someone you love
Each SfS medal is imported from Italy,
painted by hand in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is
one of a kind original
“The Saints are the Sinners who keep on trying”
-Robert Louis Stevenson

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