New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Euphrosyne

illustration of Saint Euphrosyne on her death bed revealing her true identity to her father; from the Basil Menology; swiped off the Wikipedia web siteDerivation

  • Greek: mirth


Virgin; born Alexandria, Egypt, 413; died 470. According to legend she was the daughter of a wealthy citizen of Alexandria, who, in order to keep her vow of chastity, retired in male attire to a monastery of men near Alexandria where, under the name of Smaragdus, she lived for over 30 years, only making known her identity when she was dying. Represented with masculine apparel at her feet. Relics originally at Beauvais, lost in the French Revolution. Feast, 16 January.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Euphrosyne”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 December 2012. Web. 23 February 2019. <>