Saints of the Day – Aldegundis of Maubeuge, O.S.B., Abbess

detail from an antique Saint Aldegundis holy cardArticle

(also known as Aldegondes, Adelgund, Orgonne) Born in Hainault c.630-635; died at Maubeuge, January 30, 684 (or 660 per one source). Saint Aldegund and her sister Saint Waldetrudis, abbess of Mons, were the daughters of Saints Walbert and Bertilia. While still young, Aldegund consecrated herself to God with a vow of virginity near Mons. Later she to a hermitage, which became the monastery of Maubeuge, of which she was the first abbess. Endowed with the gift of prayer, Aldegund looked upon the slanders and persecutions she endured as favors from God in His mercy that allowed her to suffer for His sake (Matthew 5:10). She died from breast cancer and, we are told, “in an ecstasy of serene joy.” Her relics are enshrined in the church of Maubeuge. She is the patron of a parish church at Saint-Omer under the name “Orgonne.” Her initial vita was written shortly after her death (Attwater2, Benedictines, Coulson, Husenbeth). In art, Saint Aldegund is a Benedictine abbess, crowned. There is generally a dove with veil near her. Sometimes she may be shown (1) receiving the veil from the Holy Spirit; (2) as a princess fleeing from her parents’ house; (3) walking with an angel; or (4) walking on water (Roeder). She is invoked against eye troubles, cancer, diseases of children, fever, demoniac possession, wounds, and sudden death (Roeder).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 November 2021. Web. 29 November 2021. <>