Saint Macrina the Younger

detail of a Saint Macrina the Younger holy card, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial


Daughter of Saint Emmelia and Saint Basil the Elder; sister of Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, and Saint Peter of Sebastea; granddaughter of Saint Macrina the Elder, and called the Younger to distinguish between the two. Educated by her mother, she could read from an early age. Betrothed at age twelve to a young lawyer who died before the wedding. She refused other offers of marriage, and devoted herself to her family, then to a religious life. Nun. Succeeded her mother as head of a small community of women in Pontus (part of modern Turkey). Her biography and reminicenses of her were written by her brother Saint Gregory.



  • 379 at Pontus (in modern Turkey) of natural causes


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Macrina the Younger“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 January 2022. Web. 27 January 2022. <>