Book of Saints – Galla


(Saint) Widow. (October 5) (6th century) Daughter of Symmachus the Younger, a learned Roman. From her childhood she served God, and having lost her husband in early life, she, out of devotion to the Apostles, chose a small cottage on the Vatican Hill for her dwelling. She reduced her body by her austerities to a mere skeleton. Struck by her sanctity, Saint Fulgentius of Spain wrote again and again to her. Afflicted with cancer in the breast, she bore her sufferings with incredible patience and resignation, and died in A.D. 550 or thereabouts. She is commemorated by Saint Gregory the Great, almost her contemporary, in his Dialogues. Devotion to her is still very popular in Rome.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Galla”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 June 2013. Web. 20 September 2021. <>