New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Hedwig

statue of Saint Hedwig, Saint Maria Parish Church, Sehnde; swiped off WikipediaArticle

Widow, Duchess of Silesia, born Andechs castle, Bavaria, 1174; died Trebnitz, 1243. Daughter of Berthold IV, Duke of Croatia, she was married, 1186, to Henry I of Silesia to whom she bore seven children; after the birth of their last child, she and her husband vowed continency. Hedwig was a great influence for good in the history of the duchy; she endowed monasteries of the Cistercian, Premonstratensian, Augustinian, Dominican, and Franciscan orders, thus introducing German culture into Silesia. The best known of these religious foundations is probably the Cistercian convent at Trebnitz to which she retired at Henry’s death; although she did not take the veil, she led a life of great austerity. Patroness of Silesia. Canonized, 1267. Relics at Trebnitz. Feast, 17 October.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Hedwig”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 May 2016. Web. 16 February 2019. <>