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St. Syncletica of the Desert

IV Century
Amma Syncletica was born in the early fourth century in Alexandria. Of Macedonian descent, beautiful and wealthy, she refused to marry because of her commitment to the Christian faith. When her parents died, she gave away her inheritance and retired with her blind sister to an unused tomb on a relative's estate. Known for her charity and humility, she endured many internal torments and died of cancer at the age of 84, c. 400. Stories about her and her maxims are included among the works of the Desert Fathers.

Karen Rae Keck


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