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St. Vitus

St. Vitus

Born: 3rd C.

Died: c.303

Canonized: pre-Congregation

Feast Day: January 15

Patron Saint of: comedians, dancers, epilepsy

The birthdate of Saint Vitus is unknown, but it is believed that he was born in Sicily and lived during the reign of Emperor Diocletian. At a very young age, Saint Vitus became a devout Christian. On his many travels throughout Sicily with his guardian Vitus became known to the Romans as a devout Christian that had displayed the gift of miracles. As the news spread, the Romans sought out and found Vitus. Trying to convert this high-profile child back to paganism, they resorted to various forms of torture; miracously, he survived every one.

Many miracles followed the relics of Saint Vitus, especially the miracle of healing of epileptics and those suffering from chorea.