Saint Pelagia the Penitent

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



Professional dancer. Attended a sermon by Saint Nonnus of Edessa during which he spoke of a stripper who worked to make herself beautiful and her dance perfect, but did nothing for the work of God. Pelagia immediately converted, confessed, was baptized, turned away from her former life, moved to Jerusalem, and lived as a hermit the rest of her days, possibly wearing men’s clothes so people would leave her alone.



MLA Citation

  • “Saint Pelagia the Penitent“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 October 2021. Web. 7 December 2021. <>