SAINT DYMPNA, V. M.
SHE was the daughter of an Irish king, and having
by vow consecrated her virginity to God, to avoid the snares to which
she saw herself exposed at home, passed to Antwerp, and chose her
abode at Ghecl, a village in Brabant, ten leagues from Antwerp. There
she served God in retirement and assiduous prayer. But being at
length discovered and pursued by those who were the enemies of her
chastity, she was murdered by them because the refused to consent to
their brutish passion. Her relics were, solemnly taken up by the
bishop of Cambray on the 15th of May, and are preserved with
veneration in a rich shrine at Gheel. She flourished in the seventh
century. See Molanus, Miræus, the Roman Martyrology,
Henschenius, t. 3, Maij, p. 477, and Colgan, in MSS. Contin. Act. SS.