Duchess of Poland, she was born in Andechs in Bavaria around
1174. She was an aunt to St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
Her parents were Berthold and Agnes of Moravia.
From childhood, she was remarkable for her
self-control. At the age of twelve, she was
given in marriage to Henry I, Duke of Silesia in Poland.
She bore him seven children and made the family a
model of religion according to the medieval pattern of
prayers and penance. All her thoughts and actions were
directed to please God and to sanctify her own soul and
household. In order to more freely serve God , Hedwig
persuaded her husband to make a vow of chastity, which they
made in the presence of the bishop. Thirty years after the
tragic death of her husband, she was inspired by God to take
the Cistercian Habit at the monastery of Trzebnica, and
lived in obedience to her daughter, Gertrude, who was then
Hedwig was a model of the highest religious perfection. She
undertook menial offices, and waited upon the poor. She
founded a hospital to care for the poor and sick, and served
as the mother of the unfortunates. Her patience and
strength of soul were admirable. This was most conspicuous
at the death of her son, Henry, Duke of Silesia, when he was
killed in a battle against the Tartars who invaded Poland in
1241. She was noted for her miraculous power. She died on
October 14, 1243 and was buried on October 16th.
Shortly after her death, Pope Clement IV enrolled her among
the Saints on March 26, 1267. She is honored as Patroness
of Silesia, Poland, our St. Hewig Community and many
other places where churches are dedicated in her name. St.
Hedwig, whose feast we celebrate in October continues
inspiring the faithful of all times by her faith and
selfless involvement in the Church and in the world of her
day. Today, it is these Christ-committed, consecrated ones
that the world turns to for inspiration and the hope we need
to persevere in our challenging times.
St. Hedwig’s feast day, October 16, 1987, Karol Wojtyla
was elected Pope. He chose the name John Paul II and
named her as the Patroness of his Papacy. Following his
example, we continue to call on her spiritual help so we can
make ourselves presentable to the Lord as they did. It
gives us great confidence to be linked to these two great
servants of God.
PRAY FOR US
AND PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY !