St. Olympias

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 12/17

    17 December


    Born to a wealthy Constantinople noble family. Orphaned as a child. Married to Nebridius, prefect of Constantinople. Widowed, she refused several offers of marriage, and devoted herself to the Church. Deaconess. She led a non-cloistered group of prayerful women in her home, and devoted herself to charity She built a hospital and orphanage, sheltered monks expelled from Nitria, and gave away so much that her friend, Saint John Chrysostom told her she was over-doing. In 404, due to her support of Saint John, she was persecuted, her community disbanded, her house seized and sold, and she spent the rest of her days in exile in Nicomedia.


    at Constantinople


    25 July 408 at Nicomedia following a long illness



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


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