Converts / Afra, d. 304, Feast Day: August 5

Her family was originally from Cyprus, and they settled in Augsburg, Germany. Afra was a follower of the goddess Venus and ran a brothel in her name. During the Diocletian persecutions, a fleeing bishop hid there, converting Afra, her employees, and her family. When she refused to renounce the bishop or her faith to the authorities, she was burned to death. Her mother and three of her servants suffered the same fate.

Other patronages: Augsburg (Germany); martyrs, penitent women; medicinal herbs

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