Laura Merzig Fabrycky is a freelance writer and editor. Her writing has appeared in Books & CultureForeign Service JournalReview of Faith & International AffairsGood Housekeeping Middle East, and elsewhere. She published her first collection of poetry, Give Me the Word: Advent and Other Poems, in 2015, and currently lives in Virginia.

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She’s Just ‘the Help’

by Laura Merzig Fabrycky 05-16-2016

Martyrdom of Vitus, Modestus, and Cresentia. Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons

Hers is a hidden and uncertain story, but it is said that the martyr St. Crescentia of Lucania was part of “the help” in a Roman senator’s household. She is one of a trio of holy martyrs that also includes St. Vitus and St. Modestus, all originally from Sicily. She might not even have been real, if we’re to trust modern, historical standards.