Saint Kinga

detail of a statue of Saint Kinga of Poland; date and artist unknown; Bupadest, Hungary; photographed in 2011 by Dezidor; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Cunegunda
  • Cunegunde
  • Cunegundes
  • Kioga
  • Kunegunda
  • Kunigunda
  • Kunigunde
  • Zinga



Daughter of King Béla IV of Hungary and Maria Laskarina; sister of Saint Margaret of Hungary and Blessed Jolenta of Poland; niece of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary; great-niece of Saint Hedwig of Andechs. Reluctant member of Polish royalty when she married Prince Boleslaus V, but it was a political marriage, and the pious couple lived as brother and sister; when Boleslaus became Prince of Cracow, became a princess of Poland. Noted for her charity to the poor and personal care for lepers. Founded a Poor Clare convent in Stary Sacz, Poland. Widowed in 1279, she gave away her wealth and retired to the convent as a prayerful Franciscan tertiary, turning her back completely on governance and worldly life.





MLA Citation

  • “Saint Kinga“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 October 2018. Web. 15 June 2021. <>