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Sibil
Sibil

Cluain Iraird

Sibilla

Cluain Iraird

Sibilla d~Abetot
Sibyl

Barking

Sibyl

Keldholme

Siderida

Fosse

Susanna

Baysdale

Tarbo
Taton
Thecla

Athanasius, in his treatise On virginity, presented Thecla as a model virgin to the ascetic women living at home or in small, all-female communities in fourth-century Alexandria, Egypt.

During the fourth century, Athanasius in his Apologia de fuga sua describes a community of women who were forced to leave Alexandria, Egypt and relocate in the Kharga Oasis. On the necropolis of El Bagawat in the Kharga Oasis, two chapels include wall paintings which depict Thecla, one dating to the fourth century the other to later centuries (see "Artifacts"). Perhaps these refugee women founded a community with particular devotion to Thecla at El Bagawat.

An abundance of material evidence (papyri on which the Acts of Thecla are written, objects which depict Thecla, and churches dedicated to Thecla) indicate that Thecla had a strong following in Al-Fayyūm and in the Nile Valley. These cities include Antinoopolis (modern Sheikh-'Ibada), Oxyrhynchus (modern Al-Bashnasā), Arsinoe (modern Kīmān Fāris), and Aphroditopolis (modern Atfîḥ).

By the fifth century, a monastic community had sprung up at Hagia Thekla.

A number of clay flasks from Egypt depict St. Menas on one side, and Thecla on the other. This, coupled with a reference "the martyr shrine of Saint Thecla" in Miracles of St. Menas, 22.2.27-31, suggest that a shrine to Thecla was located near the pilgrimage center dedicated to St. Menas in Egypt in the fifth or sixth century. It is unclear whether a monastery was present at this shrine to Thecla, but it is likely that ascetic women made pilgrimages to this shrine.

There is also a Greek Orthodox convent dedicated to Mar Taqla in Maʻlūlā, a village fifty kilometers northeast of Damascus. The saint is believed to be buried there in a cave above the monastery. There is no evidence that any parts of the monastery or chapel date to the Byzantine period.

Thekla
Theodora

St. Albans in Markyate, Hertfordshire. Founded a priory for anchorites in Markyate in 1145.

Thomasina

Broadholme Double Monastery

U:Anchoress,S.Chad's church
Werburgh

Ely

Willelma de Blachyngdon

Cannington

Winnesia de Hoyton

Blackborough

Withberga

Elmham

Wulfhild

Barking

Wulfthryth
Wymarca
Æbbe of Coldingham

Founder of Coldingham.

Ælfflæd

Hartlepool and Whitby, ruled over all of Whitby’s daughter houses.

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