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QUESTIONS About St. Peter’s Family

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Lee writes:

I know St. Peter had a wife. Was she Jewish or Gentile? St. Peter had a daughter, St. Patronilis. I believe St. Peter had other children. Please tell me all about St. Peter’s family— the real inside story.

Father Joe responds:

Yes, the Scriptures attest to the fact that St. Peter was married. While we are told that he is the brother of St. Andrew and the son of Jonah, we are not given other names or details. There is the tradition that his wife became a martyr for the faith. I think attestations of her name as either Perpetua or Concordia are dubious.

There is the tradition or legend that suggests a daughter, St. Petronilla, but this might have been a spiritual kinship only. She is venerated as a virgin martyr of the early Church.

2 Responses

  1. CISSY

    Who was St. Petronilla?

    FATHER JOE

    Some authorities claim that she was the daughter of St. Peter. This may not be the case. She may have been a convert and spiritual daughter. Some sources say that the apostle healed her from the palsy. Roman inscriptions identify her as one of the early martyrs.

  2. Who was St. Petronilla?

    FATHER JOE

    Some authorities claim that she was the daughter of St. Peter. This may not be the case. She may have been a convert and spiritual daughter. Some sources say that the apostle healed her from the palsy. Roman inscriptions identify her as one of the early martyrs.

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