St. Helena: Patron Saint of the Divorced
Those who have been divorced, especially women, can look to Helena of Constantinople, mother of Constantine the Great, as their patron saint. St. Helena, also known as St. Helen, is most often associated with the True Cross, since she is credited with finding the relics of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. However, her personal life suits her to patronage of divorcees. It’s unknown exactly when and how she met Emperor Constantius, but it is said that when they met he saw her as his soul mate sent by God. Their relationship produced an heir, Constantine, around the year 272 CE. They remained together for at least 15 years, but in 289 CE Constantius, who was Roman Emperor Caesar, divorced Helena to enter into a politically advantageous marriage with a younger woman, Theodara who was the stepdaughter of Maximian, Roman Emperor Augustus at the time.