Julia was a noble Christian maiden of Carthage. When she was still very young, the city was conquered by the Vandals and Julia was taken and sold as a slave to a pagan merchant of Syria named Eusebius.
Julia lived an exemplary life, praying and reading holy books. She performed the most humble tasks with wonderful cheerfulness. Julia loved God with all her heart. She became a prized servant.
Eusebius, an importer of Eastern goods, took Julia with him on a journey to Gaul. At the northern part of Corsica (Cape Corso), their ship cast anchor. Eusebius went ashore to take part in a local pagan festival. Julia remained behind.
The governor of the island regarded Julia’s absence as an insult. He offered to grant her freedom if she would join the pagan festival. She refused, saying that all the liberty she desired was the freedom to continue serving her Lord, Jesus Christ. Her boldness enraged the governor. When Eusebius fell into a drunken sleep, Julia was taken. She was tortured and crucified.
Monks from the island of Giraglia rescued her body and kept it until 763, when it was transported to the seminary at Brescia. Sculptures of her (12th Century) survive there in the Christian Museum. These depict her both holding a cross and being crucified.
We celebrate the feast day of St. Julia on May 22.