Saint Adela of Messines

Also known as

  • Adelais
  • Adelaide
  • Adèle



Born a princess, the daughter of King Robert the Pious of France. Sister of Henry I. Married to Count Baldwin IV of Flanders. Mother of Baldwin VI. Mother-in-law of William the Conqueror. Widowed in 1036. Benedictine nun, receiving the veil from Pope Alexander II. She retired to a quiet, prayerful life at Messines convent near Ypres, Belgium.


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Adela of Messines“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 January 2019. Web. 16 June 2021. <>