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Probably because St. Mary Magdalene is thought to be the "woman," "a sinner" of Luke 7:37-38: And behold a woman that was in the city, a sinner, as she knew that he was set down in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster box of ointment: And standing behind beside his feet, she began to water his feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs ...


We can use the word "saint" to mean "one who is canonized by the Catholic Church," or only "one who is either in Heaven or Purgatory," or "one whose salvation is not in doubt anymore." If you mean "first saint" as in "first canonized," or "first recognized as a saint," I'm afraid I don't know. However, if instead, you mean "the first, chronologically, to ...

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