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Lives of the Saints:

How They Changed the World

Saints Priscilla and Aquila

Saints Priscilla and Aquila

Feast day: July 8




Priscilla and Aquila were a married couple who lived in first century Rome. Though not much is known about their personal lives, they are known for living, working, and traveling with the Apostle Paul. As a testament to their partnership in ministry, they are always referred to together. Priscilla and Aquila were tentmakers – the same as Saint Paul. From their manual labor to their ministry, the consistent reference to them together is an indicator of their interdependent relationship, partners in ministry and marriage. There are six references to Priscilla and Aquila in four books of the New Testament. They are described as strengthening the early Christian Church, and it is a strong possibility that they helped to establish the early Christian community in Corinth. It is commonly believed that they were martyred together. (Image © Odessa Sawyer / Saint Mary’s Press)