Saint Bertha of Avenay

detail of a statue of Saint Bertha of Avenay, date unknown, artist unknown; Auchy-lez-Orchies, France; photographed on 9 July 2013 by Haväng (nl); swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Bertha of Val d’Or



Married to Saint Gundebert of Gumber. When Gundebert retired to a monastery in Ireland, Bertha became Benedictine nun. Founder and abbess of the convent at Avenay in the diocese of Châlons-sur-Marne, France. When a drought hit the region, a vision of Saint Peter the Apostle led her to a spring of water which became a healing well. Widowed, she was murdered by her in-laws for distributing Gumbert’s estate to the poor, and is considered a martyr.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Bertha of Avenay“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 April 2009. Web. 9 October 2015. <>