Catholic Encyclopedia – Saints Aquila and Priscilla

detail of a stained glass window of Saints Aquila and Priscilla, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiArticle

Or Prisca. Jewish tent-makers, who left Rome (Aquila was a native of Pontus) in the Jewish persecution under Claudius, 49 or 50, and settled in Corinth, where they entertained Saint Paul, as being of their trade, on his first visit to the town (Acts 18:1f.). The time of their conversion to the Faith is not known. They accompanied Saint Paul to Ephesus (Acts 18:18-19), instructed the Alexandrian Apollo, entertained the Apostle Paul at Ephesus for three years, during his third missionary journey, kept a Christian church in their house (I Corinthians 16:19), left Ephesus for Rome, probably after the riot stirred up by the silversmith Demetrius (Acts 19:24-40), kept in Rome also a church in their house (Romans 16:3-5), but soon left that city, probably on account of the persecution of Nero, and settled again at Ephesus (II Timothy 4:l9). The Roman Martyrology commemorates them on 8 July. It is not known why Scripture several times names Priscilla before Aquila; the different opinions are given by Cornely, (Romans 772). A number of modern difficulties based on the frequent change of residence of Aquila and Priscilla are treated by Cornely, (Romans 16:3-5).

MLA Citation

  • J Maas. “Saints Aquila and Priscilla”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 July 2012. Web. 23 February 2019. <>