Saint Pelagia the Penitent

Saint Pelagia the Penitent with some of her entourageAlso known as



Professional dancer. Attended a sermon by Saint Nonnus of Edessa during which he spoke of a stripper who worked to make herself beautiful and her dance perfect, but did nothing for the work of God. Pelagia immediately converted, confessed, was baptized, turned away from her former life, moved to Jerusalem, and lived as a hermit the rest of her days, possibly wearing men’s clothes so people would leave her alone.



MLA Citation

  • “Saint Pelagia the Penitent“. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 March 2015. Web. 14 February 2016. <>