Saint Isidora of Egypt

detail of a 15th century icon of Saint Isidora of Egypt, artist unknownAlso known as

  • Isidora the Simple
  • Isidora the Stolta
  • Isidora the Fool
  • Isidore of Tabenna



Nun in the monastery at Tabenna, Egypt who worked in the kitchen and pretended to be a simpleton so she could concentrate on her personal piety and prayer life, and not have to teach her sisters. To avoid being honoured by her house, she fled to a desert hermitage where she spent the rest of her days.


  • c.365 of natural causes


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Isidora of Egypt“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 16 September 2021. <>