St. Genevieve
France 422 - 500

St. Genevieve patron of disasters in paper maché

A shepherdess from Nanterre, near Paris, Genevieve dedicated herself at an early age to religious life, taking the veil at 15. She had visions and an ability to calm the possessed. She helped defend Paris during a siege and procure food to prevent citizens from starving. She also led people in prayer to avert invasion by Attila the Hun who detoured away from Paris.

A procession of her shrine in 1129 is said to have ended a plague in the city.

She is the Patron of Paris, disasters and plague.

Further information on St. Genevieve can be found in Lives of the Saints, The Catholic Encyclopedia, Saints Index on Catholic Forum or Saints Index on

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