Saint Apollinaris Syncletica

Saint Apollinaris SyncleticaAlso known as

  • Apollinaria
  • Dorotheus



Daughter of an Byzantine pro-consul. Feeling drawn to religious life, she dressed as a man, moved to the desert, called herself Dorotheus, and lived as a hermit. Spiritual student of Saint Macarius of Egypt. Her sex was discovered only at her death. It’s possible this is a case of pious fiction being mistaken for history.


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Apollinaris Syncletica“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 December 2020. Web. 6 December 2021. <>