St. Dymphna



St. Dymphna is a Patron St. for those who are mentally and emotionally ill.

Her feast day is May 15.


Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some woman of noble birth, resembling his wife, who would be willing to marry him. When none could be found, his evil advisers told him to marry his own daughter. Dymphna fled from her castle together with St. Gerebran, her confessor and two other friends. Damon found them in Belgium. He gave orders that the priest's head be cut off. Then Damon tried to persuade his daughter to return to Ireland with him. When she refused, he drew his sword and struck off her head. She was then only fifteen years of age. Dymphna received the crown of martyrdom in defense of her purity about the year 620. She is the patron of those suffering from nervous and mental afflictions. Many miracles have taken place at her shrine, built on the spot where she was buried in Gheel, Belgium.


Prayer: Here us, O God, Our Saviour, as we honor St. Dymphna, Patroness of those afflicted with mental and emotional illness. Help us to be inspired by her example and comforted by her merciful help. AMEN

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Our Father

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. AMEN

Hail Mary

Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. AMEN

Prayer to St. Dymphna

Hear us O God our Savior as we honor St. Dymphna, Patroness of those afflicted with mental and emotional illness. Help us to be inspired by her example and comforted by her merciful help. AMEN

Apostles Creed

I believe in One God the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilot , was crucified died and was buried. He descended into Hell, the third day he arose from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Fathe almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in The Holy Spirit; The Holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and life everlasting. AMEN

Act of Contrition

O my Savior, I am truly sorry for having offended you because you are infinitely good and sin displeases you. I detest all of the sins of my and desire to atone for them. Through the merits of your Precious Blood, wash from my soul all stain of sin so that cleansed in body and soul, I may worthily approach the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. AMEN

Serenity Prayer

God grant me The serenity to accept the things I cannot change; The courage to change the things I can; and The wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time. Enjoying one moment at a time. Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace; Taking, as you did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with you in the next. AMEN

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