Augusta of Treviso

Saint Augusta of Treviso is venerated as a virgin martyr. Augusta was the daughter of Matrucus, pagan chief of the Alemanni, a confederation of Germanic tribes that lived on the upper Rhine river.  Matrucus had conquered the Friulians, who had been Christianized and ruled over them.   Augusta converted to Christianity secretly. Matrucus, began to suspect that the Christian Friulians were influencing her daughter with their faith and so sent spies to watch her day and night.  The spies returned and confirmed his worst fears – she had indeed become Christian and had been caught praying at night. He imprisoned her,  Viciously, he and his men beat her, yelling at her to recant her faith and return to their pagan ways. Between blows she struggled to pray to Christ, refusing to recant. Eventually, he kicked Saint Augusta so hard that he knocked out all of her teeth. Through crying eyes, she held on in prayer.

Her enraged father then tortured and decapitated her with his sword at Serravalle, a district of present-day Italy, around 100 AD.

Her feast day is celebrated on March 27th. Augusta’s relics are said to have been found a few years after her death on the hill called Santa Augusta.