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Lives of the Saints:

How They Changed the World

Saint Hilaria (d. 304)

Saint Hilaria (d. 304)

Feast day: August 12




Saint Hilaria and her daughter, Saint Afra, hid their bishop from harm during the Diocletian persecutions. In turn, their bishop converted them. Saint Afra was martyred because she refused to sacrifice to pagan gods. After her daughter was martyred, Hilaria and her friends went to bury her daughter’s remains. They were captured by authorities and were commanded to sacrifice to pagan gods. All the women refused and were subsequently martyred. (Image by PictureObelix, Wikimedia Commons)