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Lives of the Saints:

How They Changed the World

Saint Theodora of Alexandria (d. 491)

Saint Theodora of Alexandria (d. 491)

Feast day: September 11

Saint Theodora was from Alexandria, Egypt, and found herself in a life of sin. However, upon realizing her sinful ways, she repented. After her atonement, she spent the rest of her life as a hermit in southern Egypt, disguised as a man. During her time in the hermitage, she lived out her penitence through abstinence and mortifications. It was not known to others that she was a women until her death. (Image in public domain-100)