SAINT EUGENIA, NUN-MARTYR, OF ROME 8852 St Eugenia lived during the second century. Her father Philip, a Prefect of Rome, moved to Alexandria with his family. In Alexandria, Eugenia learned the Christian Faith, when she encountered the Epistles of Saint Paul. She disguised as a monk, called herself Eugene and took up the monastic life in a monastery of men. A certain woman named Melanthia, conceived lust and constrained Eugenia to comply with her desire; when Eugenia refused, Melanthia slandered Eugenia to the Prefect Phillip as having done insult to her honour. Eugenia then had to reveal herself to her own father Philip. Through this, Philip became a Christian and was afterwards beheaded at Alexandria. Eugenia was taken back to Rome and ended her life in martyrdom in the years of Commodus, who reigned from 180 to 192.