Blessed Matthia dei Nazzarei

detail of a painting of Blessed Matthia dei Nazzarei, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Mattia
  • Matthias Nazarei



Born to the nobility, the only child of Count Gualtiero Nazarei and his wife Sibilla, from her youth Matthia preferred a simple life and rejected all the pomp of court life. When her father threatened her with an arranged marriage, she fled to the convent of Santa Maddalena at Metalica, Italy and became a Benedictine nun. Served as abbess of the house for 40 years. The convent later adopted the rule of the Poor Clares, and so Matthia is often listed as a Poor Clare. In 1758 the house was re-named Beata Matthias in her honour.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Matthia dei Nazzarei“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 June 2018. Web. 18 April 2021. <>