From the Living Rosary Association: “On August 10, 1835, Pauline received a miraculous cure of a severe heart ailment at Saint Philomena’s shrine in Mugnano del Cardinale, Italy, during the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Immediately following, she appealed to Pope Gregory XVI to begin an examination for the beatification of Filumena, daughter of light. And on Jan. 13, 1837, Pope Gregory XVI named St. Philomena Patroness of the Living Rosary, and declared her to be the Thaumaturga, the ‘Great Wonder-Worker of the nineteenth century.’ In a solemn decree, he raised her to the altar of the Church, granting her a special feast day (August 11) and a Mass in her honor.”
It is believed that St. Philomena was martyred on August 10, 302 A.D.
At her shrine in Mugnano, Italy, the following feast days are celebrated in her honor:
January 10th, her birthday
Sunday after January 10, Patronage day of St. Philomena
May 25th, the finding of her body
August 10, celebration of the translation of her body and also of her martyrdom
August 11th, liturgical feast day in her honor
August 13th, celebration of the name of St. Philomena
2nd Sunday of August, solemn festivities in her honor.
St. Philomena makes herself known to her friends. If you haven’t had the pleasure of making her acquaintance, there is no better day to start then right now. I can attest to the fact that she is, indeed, a wonder-worker – a saint to be invoked for our days!
St. Philomen, pray for me!