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 of her wealth 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.
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- Catholic Online
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