Fever / Genevieve, 422–500, Feast Day: January 3
This young mystic saved the city of Paris from starvation after an invasion by the Franks. She was so respected by the conquering forces that she converted the king. She later repelled an invasion by Attila the Hun with the power of her prayer. When an unstoppable plague of fever killed many in the city in 1129, a parade of her relics through the streets was credited with ending it.
Other patronages: Paris; the Women’s Army Corps; chandlers, shepherds, shepherdesses
Invoked: against plague, leprosy; for an end to excessive rain, the healing of kings
The above Patron Saints are excerpted from the book: “Patron Saints: A Feast of Holy Cards” by Barbara Calamari and Sandra DiPasqua. All images are from the collection of Father Eugene Carrella.