Patron Saints of May

Doves / Columba of Rieti, 1467–1501, Feast Day: May 20

Named Angelella Guardagnoli by her parents, during her baptism a dove flew down the aisle of the church to her. From then on she was known as Columba (“dove”). A devout girl, she developed the gifts of prophecy and healing, and many sought her out for spiritual advice. Settling in Perugia, Italy, she offered her own health in exchange for that of the city during an epidemic. After falling ill, she herself was healed through the intercession of Saint Catherine of Siena.

Other patronages: Perugia

Invoked: against sorcery, temptation


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