New Catholic Dictionary: Saint Mary of Egypt

painting of Saint Mary of Egypt by Jose de Ribera, 1651, Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri, Naples, Italy; photographed on 28 July 2015 by Luis Fernández García; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Penitent, born northern Egypt, c.344; died Arabian desert, 421. After living an evil life for seventeen years at Alexandria, she was miraculously converted at Jerusalem. Retiring into the Arabian desert, she passed her remaining 47 years in penance and solitude. Saint Zosimus discovered her there and administered Holy Communion to her. Relics venerated at Rome, Naples, Cremona, and Antwerp. Feast, 2 April.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Mary of Egypt”. People of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 October 2010. Web. 21 September 2021. <>