(circa 7th century)
Patron of mental health professionals and epileptics; protector of emotional
and neurological disorders
Dymphna was the daughter of Damon, a chieftain in Ireland. Her mother died when Dymphna was 14 and this tragic loss drove her father to insanity. In an effort to replace his wife, he decided to marry his beautiful daughter. Dymphna fled with St. Gerbernus, an elderly priest. They settled in Belgium where Dymphna became known for her devotion to the poor. Damon and his soldiers found them, and when Dymphna still refused to marry him he beheaded her with his sword.