St Agnes was born in Rome in the year 291 AD. She is well known for being a virgin-martyr. Agnes was a very beautiful girl who belonged to a wealthy family. Her hand in marriage was highly sought after, and she had many high ranking men chasing after her. However, Agnes made a promise to God never to stain her purity. Her love for the Lord was great and she hated sin even more than death! Many young men wished to marry Agnes, but she would always say, “Jesus Christ is my only Spouse.” According to legend, the young men she turned away became so angry and insulted by her devotion to God and purity that they began to submit her name to authorities as a Christian follower. She died a virgin martyr at the age of thirteen in the year 304 AD. Agnes is the patron saint for young girls, chastity, rape survivors and the children of Mary.
Fr. Anthony Casamento
Fr Anthony is a priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel, and is currently the Director of Identity and Mission at the Australian Catholic University.