Marcella, Widow & Martyr

January 31, 2017 all-day

Marcella was raised in a noble Roman family. She married, but her husband died while she was still in her teens. After that Marcella devoted herself to a life of charitable works, study, and asceticism. Unlike Antony she kept her palace (on the Aventine Hill) and used it as a center for spreading the gospel and caring for poor Christian pilgrims, among whom were St. Athanasius and Sr. Jerome.
She was tortured by the Goths when they captured Rome in 410, and she died from the effects of these injuries at the age of 85.