Saint Fabiola of Rome

19th century portrait of Saint Fabiola of Rome by Jean-Jacques Henner; swiped off the Wikipedia web siteMemorial


Born to the Roman patrician class. Divorced from her first marriage after being abused by her adulterous husband. Widowed in second marriage. Friend of Saint Jerome, Saint Paula of Rome, and Saint Pammachius. Founded the first hospital in the west. Built a hospice in Porto Romano for the area poor and for sick pilgrims. After doing penance for her divorce, she re-entered communion with the Church by dispensation of Pope Saint Siricius. Pilgrim to the Holy Lands in 394 where she worked in a hospice in Bethlehem. Wanted to live as a hermit in Jerusalem, but never managed it. Saint Jerome wrote of her life.





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  • “Saint Fabiola of Rome“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 August 2020. Web. 30 November 2021. <>