Book of Saints – Pelagia – 8 October

detail of the statue of Saint Pelagia the Penitent on the colonnade of Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy; c.1703 by Pierre Etienne MonnotArticle

(Saint) Penitent (October 8) (5th century) A public sinner of Antioch in Syria, who, chancing to hear some words of a Sermon preached there by Saint Nonnus, Bishop of Edessa, was struck with remorse on account of her evil life. She forthwith begged for Baptism, retired to Jerusalem, and passed the remainder of her life in the practice of penance in a cave on Mount Olivet. That she dressed herself in man’s clothes and passed as a hermit (a fancy of one of her biographers) is against all evidence. A.D. 457 is the most likely date of her death.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Pelagia”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 September 2016. Web. 17 January 2019. <>