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Saint of the Day for 7 May: St. Flavia Domitilla

Saint Flavia Domitilla: Martyr and Patroness of the Roman Nobility in the Catacombs of Rome


St. Flavia Domitilla



Baptismal name

Flavia Domitilla


I Century, Rome


I Century, Ponza Island


7 May


2004 edition



Almighty and eternal God, who to your holy martyr Flavia Domitilla you gave the strength to sustain to the last the peaceful battle of faith. grant us also to face, for your sake, every adversity, and to walk enthusiastically toward you, who are true life.

Roman Martyrology

In Rome, commemoration of St. Domitilla, martyr, who, granddaughter of Consul Flavius Clement, accused during Domitian’s persecution of denying the pagan gods, for her testimony of faith in Christ was deported with some others to the island of Ponza, where she consumed a long martyrdom.

The Saint and Mission

St. Flavia Domitilla, a descendant of a noble Roman family, embodied a mission of faith that transcended her social status to fully embrace Christianity, at the time a still persecuted religion. Her conversion was not just a personal choice, but turned into an act of profound courage and witness. Rejecting arranged marriages that would have solidified her position in pagan society, Domitilla chose to live by Christian principles, hosting other believers in her villa and providing a safe haven for their religious practice. Her dedication to the Christian mission eventually led her to martyrdom, a fate she accepted with the same steadfastness and faith she had demonstrated in life. Domitilla’s sacrifice is not only a testimony to her personal commitment, but also marks a significant witness to the transformative power of faith that can inspire change not only in the life of an individual, but also in the larger society. Her story remains a powerful symbol of how the mission of Christian life can manifest itself through acts of hospitality, courage and, ultimately, supreme sacrifice.

The Saint and Mercy

St. Flavia Domitilla, in her existence as a noblewoman convert to Christianity, exemplified mercy through her actions and life choices, becoming a beacon of hope and charity in ancient Rome. Her decision to use her position and resources to support persecuted Christians reflects a deep sense of compassion and dedication to the teachings of Christ. By offering her home as a place of worship and refuge, Domitilla manifested a concrete mercy that went beyond mere piety; she acted as an active support for those who were marginalized and oppressed. Her martyrdom, the result of her choice to remain faithful to her Christian principles despite pressure to return to pagan traditions, is further evidence of her merciful determination to live the truth of the Gospel. His life stands as a powerful testimony to how mercy can be lived out through acts of courage and sacrifice, profoundly influencing not only his immediate community but also future generations.


Flavia Domitilla Martyr, saint (1st cent.). She fell victim to Domitian’s persecution. Eusebius of Caesarea says she was the niece of Consul Flavius Clement and was relegated to the island of Ponza. Toward the end of the 4th century, Jerome, recounting Paula’s pilgrimage to the East, specifies that the traveler visited on the island the cells “in which Domitilla had suffered long martyrdom.” In the 5th century, legendary Acts appear, assigning her as companions Nereus and Achilleus, who were also buried in Domitilla’s cemetery, but lacking other elements in common with the saint (historical characters, the soldiers Nereus and…


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