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Memorial of St. Hedwig

October 16, 2009
St. Hedwig (1174-1243)
St. Hedwig (1174-1243)

Saint Hedwig was born in Andechs(Bavaria), Germany in the year 1174 to the Duke of Croatia and Dalmatia. Her aunt was St. Elisabeth of Hungary. When she was twelve a she married Duke Henry of Silesia. (the ruler of the Polish royal family) They had 7 children and had a happy marriage. Following his death she entered and professed vows at the Cistercian Convent of Trebnitz. (the convent her husband had founded) She died on October 15, 1243. She was canonized in 1266.


All powerful God,
may the prayers of St. Hedwig bring us your help
and may her life of remarkable humility
be an example to us all. We ask this through our Lord Jesus
Christ, Your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever.


Upon the death of her husband, all mourned him. But her widow’s eyes were dry.
“Would you oppose the will of God?” she asked.
Our lives are his. Our will is whatever he is pleased to ordain,
whether our death, or that of our friends.
-St. Hedwig

Saint Hedwig, pray for us!

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