Faith & Life

SAINT PROFILE: AQUILA AND PRISCA

FIRST CENTURY; Feast – July 8

By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE     7/13/2015

Aquila and Prisca, also called Priscilla, were among the Jews forced to leave Rome by imperial edict around 50. In Corinth they met and became disciples of Paul. Aquila also was a tentmaker, and he and Paul worked together in Corinth, where Paul lodged with them. They left Corinth together, with Prisca and Aquila stopping in Ephesus and Paul going on to Syria. The couple seems to have lived two different times in both Rome and Ephesus, where house churches met in their homes. They are mentioned in Acts of the Apostles and several Pauline letters. Paul calls them “co-workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life.” Separate traditions put their martyrdom in Asia Minor and Rome.

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