Saint Olympiad of Constantinople

detail of an icon of Saint Olympiad of Constantinople, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Olympias



Friend of Saint Gregory of Nyssa and Gregory the Theologian. Married to the Prefect of Constantinople. Widowed after 20 months of marriage, she turned down further offers of marriage. Deaconess. Used her fortune to found a hospital and orphanage, and to support the women‘s religious congregation that worked in them, and with whom she lived. Spiritual student of Saint John Chrysostom; she supported him while he was in exile, and some of their correspondence has survived. Advisor to Nectriae, Patriarch of Constantinople.



  • 408 at Nicomedia, Bithynia (in modern Turkey)


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Olympiad of Constantinople“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 August 2017. Web. 19 October 2019. <>