Biography (according to Sister Maria Luisa of Jesus)

News of SAINT PHILOMENA can be obtained from the private revelation that the servant of God Sister Maria Luisa of Jesus (1799-1875), her fervent devotee, had on August 3, 1833. The nun claimed that Saint Philomena appeared to her while she was praying in her cell in front of a statuette of her and told her the story of her martyrdom.


Philomena was the beautiful princess of the island of Corfu, born around January 10, 290 AD. C. The father, king of a dominion of Greece and the mother, of royal blood, implored the gods to grant them the grace to have a child despite their own sterility. A Christian Roman physician, named Publius, promised them offspring if they received baptism. In fact, the spouses, who converted to Christianity, were cheered by the birth of a female, to whom they gave the name of Filomena, daughter of the light of baptismal grace.

At the age of 13 her father took her to Rome to meet the emperor Diocletian who was threatening war on his kingdom. Diocletian immediately fell in love with Filomena and offered her the throne of empress of Rome. However, at the age of 11 she had made a vow of chastity to God and refused marriage, despite her parents' consent. reason why she was imprisoned. After 37 days in prison, the Virgin Mary appeared to her to announce that, after 40 days, she would be exposed to various martyrs, but coming out unscathed. And so it was: exposed naked to flagellation, the following day she was miraculously healed; condemned to the martyrdom of the arrows, these came back killing the archers; tied an anchor around her neck and thrown into the Tiber, the Angels broke the rope saving her, until Diocletian had her beheaded. It was Friday August 10, 302 AD. when she flew, triumphant and glorious, to the sky.

Saint Philomena of Rome is a saint whose life is still mysterious. His remains were found on May 25, 1802 in the catacombs of Priscilla in Rome, but the absence of the inscription martyr made the possibility of death by martyrdom void, as handed down until then.

For this reason it was removed from the calendar by the Sacred Congregation of Rites in the Liturgical Reform in the 1960s, despite the spread of worship and the personal devotion of various popes and saints.

Inside the tomb, an oval-shaped jar containing the saint's blood was found. The niche was closed by three terracotta tiles, with the inscription Lumena pax te cum fi painted on it. The one who positioned and cemented the tiles got the wrong sequence order which, correctly, should have been: Pax tecum Filumena, or «Peace be with you, Filomena». The tiles date back to a period between the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth century after Christ.

News of Saint Philomena can be obtained from the private revelation that the servant of God Sister Maria Luisa di Gesù (1799-1875), her fervent devotee, had on August 3, 1833. The Congregation of the Sacred Roman and Universal Inquisition approved the revelation on 21 December 1833. Don Francesco De Lucia of Mugnano del Cardinale, with the help of the Bishop of Potenza, Monsignor De Cesare, obtained from Pius VII the body of the martyr and a ampoule of his blood, which were placed in a side chapel of the Saint Mary of Greace church where, to this day, they are located.

Famous devotees of the saint were: Leo XII, Gregory XVI, Pius IX, Leo XIII, Saint Pius X, the Curé of Ars, the servant of God Paolina Jaricot, the servant of God Maria Cristina of Savoy, the blessed Bartolo Longo and father Pio of Pietrelcina.