|Near her tomb in Syria|
Saint Paul himself gets the credit for Tekla's conversion to Christianity. Tekla's mom had a fiance named Thamyris, and they agreed that Paul's chastity nonsense was injurious to the girl's future so they needed to put a stop to it. Thwarted by the usual methods of persuasion, they settled on a course that was even more injurious to her future -- wed or die. Apparently she and Paul were both going to be killed, but a sudden downpour prevented them from burning Thekla at the stake.
|Her festival in Tarragona, Spain -- a bfd, for sure|
She wrapped up her days in Seleucia (the one in Syria) and is said to have been buried in Ma'loula, where her crypt-cave is still a shrine. The Eastern Orthodox Church has given her the title Equal-to-the-Apostles, which is flattering if cumbersome. The Western Church celebrates her on September 23, but if she hung with Paul, she's more properly celebrated on the Eastern calendar's date.