Because of her personal knowledge of the terror and misery caused by madness, Saint Dymphna offers great comfort and consolation to those afflicted with mental disorders and also to their families. Her burial site continues to be a place of miraculous healing, and Gheel, in Belgium, the town where it is located, leads the world as a center for the treatment of the mentally ill. Saint Dymphna lived for such a short time, so long ago, there is little to prove that she ever really existed.  Born the daughter of an Irish pagan King and Christian mother, Dymphna fled her home after her mother died to avoid the sexual advances of her grief mad father.


Novena Prayer to Saint Dymphna


O God, we humbly beseech you through your servant Saint Dymphna,

Who sealed with her blood the love she bore you, to grant relief to those who suffer from mental afflictions and nervous disorders, especially

(Name the afflicted person)


Saint Dymphna, helper of the mentally afflicted, pray for us.

Saint Dymphna, comforter of the despondent, pray for us.

Saint Dymphna, renowned for many miracles, please hear my plea. Amen.


(Recite one Glory Be).


Say this novena nine times in a row for nine days in a row.



Saint Dymphna is the Patron Saint of Victims of Mental Illness, Victims of Epilepsy,

Victims of Incest and because she had to flee her insane and abusive father, she is the Patron of Runaways


Feast Day: May 15

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