St. Hedwig was the daughter of the Duke of Croatia.  She was born in 1174 in Bavaria.  She was married to Henry I of Silesia and Poland.  She gave him seven children.  After the birth of her last child, they vowed to live in continency.  Her great zeal for religion and her penitential mortifications led her to live like a hermit amidst her husband’s court.  Her entire fortune was donated to the Church, and the poor. She founded the Cistercian convent of Trebnitz and upon her husband’s death, she entered the convent.  She founded many other convents.  She died in October 1243.

FEAST DAY:  October 16

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