New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Mechtilde

detail of a statue of Saint Mechtilde of Hackeborn by Johann Georg Üblhör, date unknown; altar of Saint John of Nepomuk, monastery church, Engelhartszell, Upper Austria, Austria; photographed on 27 September 2015 by Wolfgang Sauber; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Matilda von Hackeborn-Wippra) Virgin, born near Eisleben, Saxony, c.1240; died in the monastery of Helfta, 1298. She was of a noble, influential Thuringian family, sister of Saint Gertrude, Abbess of Helfta. She entered the convent of Rodersdorf, later transferred to Helfta, and progressed rapidly in the religious life. She cared for the novitiate of Saint Gertrude the Great. The “Book of Special Grace,” composed by Saint Gertrude and another sister, has had many editions. Feast, 26 February.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Mechtilde”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2018. Web. 26 February 2021. <>