The early Roman virgin-martyr whose bones were discovered in 1802. She immediately began answering prayers, with so many favors and miracles being granted that she was raised to sainthood by Pope Gregory XVI–becoming the only person recognized by the Church as a saint solely on the basis of her powerful intercession, since nothing is known of her except her name and the evidence of her martyrdom. A great intercessor for all needs!
Sister Marie Helene Mohr, S.C., was a nun and author of the twentieth century. A reference librarian for Pennsylvania’s Seton Hill College, her Saint Philomena: Powerful with God includes a comprehensive narration of the saint’s miracles, intercessions, and cures, all of which serve to inspire an earnest devotion in the heart of the reader. Sister Mohr’s work was originally published in 1953 by The Bruce Publishing Company, Milwaukee, with the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. It was also printed by TAN in 1988 with additional material.
To thee, O Great St. Philomena, we turn in our afflictions, for thou art truly worthy of the title, “Powerful with God”, who stimulates the faith and courage of the faithful, Pray for us!
St. Philomena, whose name is glorified in Heaven and feared in Hell, Pray for us!
St. Philomena, honoured, invoked, and recommended by Popes Gregory XVI, Ven. Pius IX, Leo XIII, and St. Pius X, Pray for us!
St. Philomena, so powerful with God that thou hast excited the fury of Satan, not only at the time of thy glorious martyrdom, but even today, so that Satan’s servants dared to suppress thy feast so that no public honour should be paid to thee, gain for us by thy merits and prayers a true and holy pope to restore all things to Christ!