Wealthy married imperial Roman noble woman. Widowed young after only seven months of marriage. Declined a wedding proposal from the consul Cerealis. Organized a group of religious women at her mansion on the Aventine Hill, one of which was Saint Lea of Rome. They were under the spiritual direction of Saint Jerome, though she was never afraid to stand against him in arguments. Marcella spent most of her time reading, praying, and visiting the shrines of martyrs. Captured by the Goths who looted Rome, Italy in 410, she was tortured to give up her treasure, but was released when they realized she had given away everything to the poor. She died soon after from the affects of the abuse.
- “Saint Marcella“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 March 2010. Web. 30 May 2015. <>