Saint Liberata

This great Saint is the Patroness of so many of our parishioners, and she has been in our parish since the time of its founding. St. Liberata was one of seven children born to a pagan King of Portugal, all of whom became Christians and martyrs. Her father wanted her to marry the King of Sicily, but Liberata had taken a vow of virginity for the love of Christ, and she prayed for Heavenly help to preserve her virginity. The King of Sicily withdrew his offer of marriage and Liberata’s father, in anger, had her crucified. This is the reason for her being pictured with a large cross. The palm she carries is the palm of martyrdom, which she won due to her being put to death because of her vow.