Saints of the Day – Pharaïldis of Ghent

Saint Pharaildis of GhentArticle

(also known as Vareide, Verylde, Veerle)

Born in Ghent; died c.740. Saint Pharaïldis was married against her will – she had already dedicated herself to God. She was maltreated by her husband either because she insisted on living as a virgin or because he objected to her nocturnal visits to the churches (Benedictines). In art, Saint Pharaïldis is shown with geese at her feet. She is one of the patrons of Ghent (Roeder).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 December 2020. Web. 21 January 2021. <>