Amma Syncletica of Alexandria, a
Desert Mother of the 4th century, was of a wealthy background and is reputed to have been very beautiful. From childhood, however, Syncletica was drawn to
God and the desire to dedicate her life to him.
From the time she gained responsibility for her family's affairs, after the death of her parents, she gave all that had been left her to the poor. With her younger sister Syncletica abandoned the life of the city and chose to reside in a
crypt adopting the life of a
hermit. Her holy life soon gained the attention of locals and gradually many women came to live as her
St. Syncletica is regarded as a "Desert Mother" and her sayings are recorded with those of the
Desert Fathers. She is believed to have died in her eightieth year, around 350 AD.
Amma Syncletica is commemorated 5 January in the
Eastern Catholic Churches, and the
Roman Catholic Church.