Feastday: October 9
When did St. Dionysius of Paris live: in the third century
Biography of St. Dionysius:
St. Dionysius, often also called St. Denis, was born and raised in Italy and then sent as a missionary to France. Denis settled in Lutetia Parisorium ( nowdays the city of Paris). Here, he was captured by inhabitants of Paris along with Rusticus and Eleutherius. After several tortures, the three were beheaded with a sword. According to the legend, St. Dionysius picked up his head and walked ten kilometers preaching a sermon. He is often referred to as the bishop of Paris and the Apostle of France.
Patronage: St. Dionysius is patron saint of France, Paris, possessed people, strife, headaches, hydrophobia, rabies and against frenzy
Statues and woodcarvings from Val Gardena representing St. Dionysius of Paris - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Dionysius is shown as a bishop carrying his own chopped off mitered head.