It's something of a miracle that we know anything about St. Perpetua. She died very young, at the age of 22, and lived most of her years in Carthage, North Africa, far away from the great cultural centers of Rome, Alexandria, and Antioch.
Not only that, the time in which she lived, is sometimes called a century in the shadows because so little archaeological or documentary evidence survived the persecution of those years. Perpetua, in fact, fell victim in one of those purges. Yet thanks to her prolific writing—which in itself is unusual for a woman of her time—we know a remarkable amount about her, the Church of the second century, and the martyrs of her day.
We celebrate her feast on March 7. She is the patron of mothers, expectant mothers, ranchers, and butchers.
Watch this clip from The Bible and the Church Fathers to learn more.
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The Bible and the Church Fathers is the fourth study in the Journey Through Scripture series. In twelve beautifully produced lessons, you will learn who the early Church Fathers were and how they shaped the way we read Scripture. You’ll discover the Church’s favorite tools for reading it, and you’ll understand Scripture’s relationship to Tradition and, in particular, to the Sacraments.
What’s more, you’ll recognize the powerful effect of Scripture on the Church Fathers. For them, this was no academic pursuit. Their love of God’s Word transformed their lives—just as it has the power to transform ours today.