Ask the Author (#6)

“Was the Emperor ever converted?  Even after she [Philomena] died?”  -Anne, age 19

Great question, thanks Anne!

Diocletian became very sick soon after St. Philomena’s martyrdom.  He became the first ever Roman emperor to willingly abdicate (step down) from the throne.  He believed someone else could do the job better than he could.

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Coin with Diocletian’s likeness

After he “retired,” he moved to the countryside where he lived for four more years.  His successors tore apart everything he had established during his reign and he despaired for his country and empire.  It is very possible that he committed suicide, but it is hard to say for sure.

I don’t think Diocletian ever converted, but we don’t know for sure!  I’m sure St. Philomena (and all of the other Christians he marytred) interceded for him in Heaven.  If he did undergo conversion, it is always possible that could have occurred in his last moments.

Thanks for your question!  If you’d like to submit a question and get an answer, please click here!  I love to hear from you, even if you don’t have a question!  Please be sure to check out the home page for a new review from author Katie Hartfiel!  I’m so honored to have been reviewed by such a wonderful author!  Also, keep your eyes out for updates about my long-awaited novel!  I’ve had extra time lately to work on it and I am going to release a portion of chapter one soon.  Follow my blog for updates so you don’t miss anything!!!

-Courtney C. Filomena Lee

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