- 11 February
- Wealthy 3rd century noble family.
A beatiful young woman, she consecrated herself to God.
Unlike other women of her day, she dressed plainly with no ornamentation so men would ignore her, and lived a quiet, simple life, forshadowing the female religious orders in years to come.
Arrested and tortured in her youth during the persecution of Decius.
Released, she returned to her prayerful life only to be martyred a half-century later in the persecution of Diocletian for refusing sacrifice to pagan gods.
All records indicate that, no matter the torture, she never once cried out.
Saint Ambrose of Milan claimed she was an ancestor of his.
- beaten and beheaded on 10 February 304;
buried in the Catacombs of San Callisto
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