EUPHRASIA (Saint) Virgin (March 13) (5th century) A Virgin of Constantinople, nearly allied in blood to the Emperors, Theodosius the Great, and Areadius. A year after her birth (A.D. 380) her father died, and her pious mother withdrew with her daughter to Egypt, where she had large estates, and fixed her abode near a great monastery of one hundred and thirty nuns. When of age to judge for herself Euphrasia elected to join the community. The nuns received the novice but refused to accept the wealth offered with her; and Euphrasia thenceforth lived in poverty, as required by their severe rule, until her death (A.D. 410). To the Emperor Theodosius the Younger, who had had designs to give her in marriage to a Senator of distinction, Euphrasia had at the outset written a touching letter beseeching him to distribute her rich patrimony to the poor, which he faithfully did.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Euphrasia”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 January 2013. Web. 6 July 2015. <>