SAINT HELEN OF SKOFDE IN SWEDEN, M.
SHE was a lady of quality in Westrogothia, whom
Saint Sigfrid, apostle of that province in Sweden, who died in 1045,
converted to the faith. She made a pilgrimage to Rome, and upon her
return was martyred by her own relations about the year 1160, at her
own estate of Skofde or Scœude, in Westrogothia in Sweden. She
was honored on the 31st of July, with extraordinary devotion in that
country, and in the isle of Seland in Denmark, especially in the
church which bears her name, where her body was kept in a rich
shrine, eight miles from Copenhagen, near the sea, in which place
there is a famous miraculous well still resorted to by the Lutherans,
and called to this day St. Lene Kild, or St. Helen’s well. She
was canonized by Alexander III., in 1164, and her feast fixed on the
31st of July. See the Bollandists ad 31 Julii.