Saint Thaïs the Penitent

Mary Garden as Saint Thaïs the Penitent in Massenet's opera 'Thaïs', c.1907, photographer unknownAlso known as

  • Thaisis
  • Thaisia



Following a long life of sin, Thais converted to Christianity, brought to the faith by Saint Paphnutius of Heracleopolis in Egypt. To avoid temptation and spend the next three years in prayer, she moved into a closed cell and would only communicate with her spiritual advisors Saint Anthony the Abbot, Saint Paul the Simple and Saint Paphnutius. After that she moved into a convent, but lived only two more weeks.

Modern scholarship leans to this being a re-telling of the story of Saint Pelagia the Penitent.



MLA Citation

  • “Saint Thaïs the Penitent“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 May 2020. Web. 26 January 2021. <>