Saint Tabitha

Also known as

  • Dorcas



Married lay woman in Joppa (in modern Israel). Seamstress. Widow. Mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles. When she fell ill and died, she was raised from the dead by Saint Peter the Apostle.




Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated means Dorcas). She was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving. Now during those days she fell sick and died, so after washing her, they laid [her] out in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs where all the widows came to him weeping and showing him the tunics and cloaks that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to her body and said, “Tabitha, rise up.” She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. He gave her his hand and raised her up, and when he had called the holy ones and the widows, he presented her alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many came to believe in the Lord. – Acts 9:36-42

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Tabitha“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 February 2019. Web. 20 October 2021. <>