Know You Martyrs
By Sr. Ana María Cabezuelo, SHM
On March 7, 203, saints Perpetua and Felicity died as martyrs in Carthage (África).
During the persecution of Emperor Severo, there were five catechumens who were arrested in Carthage: Revocatus, Felicity, Saturninus, Secundulus, and Vivie Perpetua.
This last one was a young mother, only 22 years old.She was legitimately wed and had a little boy only a few months old. She was from a very rich and esteemed family.
Felicity was Perpetua's young maid servant.She was pregnant and while in prison, gave birth to a little girl who had to be raised by the other Christians.
Also with them, was the Deacon Saturno, who had instructed them in the
faith and had prepared them for baptism. He did not want
to abandon them, and as they had not taken him prisoner,
he presented himself voluntarily.