Saint Marcellina

detail of a Saint Marcellina holy card, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial


Daughter of the Roman imperial prefect of Gaul. Elder sister of Saint Ambrose of Milan and Saint Satyrus. She moved to Rome, Italy when very young, and was raised by her older brothers. A consecrated virgin (like a modern nun), receiving the veil from Pope Liberius on Christmas Day 353 in Saint Peter’s Basilica. Never cloistered, she lived with her mother, and in other private homes. Worked with Ambrose in Milan after his consecration as bishop. Noted for such austerities that her brother encourged her to relax in her later years. Ambrose dedicated his treatise on holy virginity to her.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Marcellina“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 July 2020. Web. 11 August 2020. <>