She received many offers of marriage but turned them all down. At age 23 she became a hermitess near Brussels, Belgium. Her reputation soon attracted disciples. For them she built a Benedictine convent of Grand-Brigard on land donated by Count Godfrey of Brabant, and served as its first abbess.
- “Saint Wivina“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 December 2016. Web. 27 March 2017. <>