Feast Day – May 15
St. Dymphna is another young saint venerated in the Catholic Church. She was killed by her own father, the pagan king of Oriel in Ireland, when she was about 15 years old. Distraught over the death of his wife, the king listened to the advice of his council and decided to marry his own daughter.
To avoid this, Dymphna fled Ireland with her confessor, seeking a safe haven in the small town of Gheel in Belgium. Eventually she was discovered by her father who killed her and the priest when she still refused his advances. They were both buried in Gheel. St. Dymphna’s name is recorded in the Roman Martyrology for May 15. Today Gheel has become a place of pilgrimage for people seeking relief from all manner of nervous disorders through the intercession of St. Dymphna, often called the “Lilly of Eire”. One of the many miracles of St. Dymphna is the town of Gheel itself: there are thousands of mentally ill people living there or welcomed as visitors and cared for by the townspeople.