St. Marcellina

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/17

    17 July


    Daughter of the Roman imperial prefect of Gaul. Sister of Saint Ambrose of Milan and Saint Satyrus, Moved to Rome when very young. Raised by her older brothers. Consecrated virgin, receiving the veil from Pope Liberius on Christmas Day 353 in Saint Peter's Basilica. Never cloistered, she lived with her mother, and in other private homes. Worked with Ambrose in Milan after his consecration as bishop. Noted for such austerities that her brother encourged her to relax in her later years. Ambrose dedicated his treatise on holy virginity to her.


    c.330 at Trier, Gaul (in modern Germany)


    c.398 of natural causes; buried in the crypt under the altar of the Ambrosian Basilica



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


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