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St Dwynwen - January 25

​Saint Dwynwen

Nun. Hermitess

(Unknown – Around 460)

“Nothing wins hearts like cheerfulness.

Saint Dwynwen

Saint’s Life Story

Daughter of a Welsh King

Dwynwen’s birth date is unknown. She was a beautiful, pious and virtuous daughter of the 5th century Welsh king, Brychan of Brecknock.

The Love Story Legend

Maelon Dafodrill, the son of a neighbouring king, fell in love with her, and wished to marry her. Though Dwynwen returned his love, her heart was set on becoming a nun. So, she rejected him. Maelon went to ask the king for Dwynwen’s hand in marriage. But her father refused, saying that he had already arranged a suitable match for her. Maelon was furious, taking out his anger on Dwynwen. Then, he left the palace in a rage.  Maelon decided to take the maiden by force. But, before he could carry out his wicked plot, Dwynwen ran away into the woodland. Then, she threw herself to the ground and cried herself to sleep. While she slept, she dreamt an angel came to her and told her Maelon wouldn’t trouble her further because he’d been turned into a block of ice.

The spirit then granted her three wishes. The kind-hearted Dwynwen told the spirit that her first wish was for Maelon to be thawed. Her second was for true love to always be protected in her name. The third was that she would never again fall in love, nor marry. All three wishes came true.

Hermitess on the Island of Llanddwyn

Dwynwen left home to prevent her father from making her marry for power or greed. She became a nun and travelled Wales, setting up churches and praying for Her final stop was the island of Llanddwyn, off the coast of Anglesey, an area accessible only at low tide. Today, the remains of Dwynwen’s church can still be seen.

After Dwynwen’s death, a well was dedicated to her. Her well, a fresh-water spring called Ffynnon Dwynwen, became a wishing well and place of pilgrimage, particularly for lovers because of the story above. The tradition grew that the eel in the well could foretell the future for lovers – ask questions and watch which way they turn. Women would scatter breadcrumbs on the surface, then lay her handkerchief on water’s surface; if the eel disturbed it, her lover would be faithful. All this led to her connection with animals, which eventually led to the tradition that her intercession could heal injured animals.

Her Feast Day

There are churches dedicated to her in Wales and Cornwall. In recent years, her feast day has become increasingly popular among the Welsh with cards being sent just as on Valentine‘s Day, and her well continues to be a place of pilgrimage; there’s a tradition that if the fish in the well are active when a couple visits, it’s the sign of a faithful husband.

Beatified:           Pre-Congregation

Canonized:        Pre-Congregation

Feast Day:         January 25

Patron Saint:    Lovers (especially Welsh); Marriage; Sick Animals



Saint Dwynwen experienced love from her boyfriend, Maelon. Then, she felt heartbreak and the anger of Maelon. This pain did not stop her from praying to God and wishing her lover, Maelon, to be thawed from his ice block. We all have experienced the pain of heartache in our lifetime due to disappointments of a lover.

Have you called upon God after love’s heart aches?? Think of the heartache of the Blessed Virgin Mary seeing her son crucified. You may also pray to Mary for both relief of your heartache pains and forgiveness of anyone who may have hurt you.


Oh Blessed St. Dwynwen,
you who knew pain and peace,
division and reconciliation.
You have promised to aid lovers
and you watch over those whose hearts have been broken. As you received three wishes from an Angel,
intercede for me to receive three blessings to obtain my heart’s desire…

(Mention your need here …)

or if that’s not God’s will,
a speedy healing from my pain.
I ask for your guidance and assistance
that I may find love with the right person at the right time and in the right way, and an unshakable faith
in the boundless kindness and wisdom of God. This I ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

St. Dwynwen, Pray for us. Amen.

Source: Suffering pandemic heartbreak? Look to St. Dwynwen for a little solace (

Saint Links 

Aleteia – Suffering pandemic heartbreak? Look to St. Dwynwen for a little solace

All Saints & Martyrs – Saint Dwynwen

Catholic Online – St. Dwynwen – Saint Dwynwen

Orthodox Christianity – Venerable Dwynwen of Llanddwyn Isalnd, Patroness of Love and Marriage by Dmitry Lapa

Portrait of Saints – Happy Feast Day Saint Dwynwen

Visit Wales – Fall in love on St Dwynwen’s Day


Video Link

St Dwynwen’s Day – Diwrnod Santes Dwynwen – YouTube Video (Mr J Teaching)

Santes Dwynwen — (St Dwynwen) Welsh patron saint of love – YouTube (caddwales)