St. Agnes The Virgin-Martyr is the Patroness of this Institution. Against the background of power, vice, luxury and persecution in the Roman world, the steadfastness of the maiden Agnes captures our imagination as her beauty and wealth did the hearts of the noblest of Romans. With the world at her feet and all that life could offer her, she turned her back on it and chose death for Christ. Her purity of life, modesty, truthfulness, and steadfastness are the virtues we want our young women to live out in their lives.