In the 1950’s a man left his wife and five children because of his alcoholism. His mother-in-law prayed to St Philomena to help him. The Salvation Army found him in a very derelict state and took him in and rehabilitated him. In gratitude his mother-in-law whose name happens to be Philomena donated the statue of St Philomena pictured above to a parish in Sydney, Australia. St Philomena is powerful in her intercession for those who are addicted to alcohol, drugs and even cigarettes. The account above was related to me by a friend, who personally knew the lady mentioned in the story above.