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Thibodaux, Louisiana: Arm of St. Valerie

St. Valerie, a virgin and martyr, was beheaded in the second century. Somehow her arm survived, was brought to a Louisiana cathedral in 1868, and has remained ever since.

721 Canal Blvd, Thibodaux, LA
Inside St. Joseph Co-Cathedral. Downtown, on the northeast corner of Hwy 20/Canal Blvd and E. 8th St.
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Saint under glass.

Arm of St. Valerie

Inside St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Thibodaux there is a wax figure of a young woman inside a glass reliquary. According to the cathedral, the figure contains the relic arm of St. Valerie of Rome who was martyred in the second century. It was brought from Rome in 1868 and survived a fire that destroyed the original church in 1916. Nearby on the wall is also a small framed relic of St. Valerie.

[Caitlin, 08/10/2013]

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