Book of Saints – Marcellina


(Saint) Virgin (July 17) (4th century) The sister of Saint Ambrose of Milan. She was a Roman lady who appears to have taken the place of their deceased parents in regard to the upbringing of the brothers Saints Ambrose and Satyrus. Several of the writings of the holy Doctor of the Church are dedicated to his sister, and we have three of the letters he addressed to her. He also publicly referred to her in the funeral sermon he preached over the body of their brother Satyrus, wherein he dwells on the family affection which bound the three together. Saint Marcellina received the veil of religion from the hands of Pope Liberius on Christmas Day, A.D. 353. She outlived both her brothers, and died about A.D. 398, but it is uncertain whether at Rome or at Milan. Her remains repose in the latter city.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Marcellina”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 November 2014. Web. 30 July 2021. <>