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Saint Austrebertha

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Statue of Austrebertha
Born 630
Therouanne, Artois
Died 704
Pavilly, Normandy
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Feast 10 February
Attributes wolf; depicted as a nun

Austrebertha (Austreberta, Eustreberta, Austreberta of Pavilly) (French : Austreberthe) (630704) is venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church.

French language Romance language

French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. It descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire, as did all Romance languages. French evolved from Gallo-Romance, the spoken Latin in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. Its closest relatives are the other langues d'oïl—languages historically spoken in northern France and in southern Belgium, which French (Francien) has largely supplanted. French was also influenced by native Celtic languages of Northern Roman Gaul like Gallia Belgica and by the (Germanic) Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders. Today, owing to France's past overseas expansion, there are numerous French-based creole languages, most notably Haitian Creole. A French-speaking person or nation may be referred to as Francophone in both English and French.

Saint one who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holiness, sanctity, and virtue

A saint is a person who is recognized as having an exceptional degree of holiness or likeness or closeness to God. Depending on the context and denomination, the term also retains its original Christian meaning, as any believer who is "in Christ" and in whom Christ dwells, whether in Heaven or on Earth. In Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, Oriental Orthodox, and Lutheran doctrine, all of their faithful deceased in Heaven are considered to be saints, but some are considered worthy of greater honor or emulation; official ecclesiastical recognition, and consequently veneration, is given to some saints through the process of canonization in the Catholic Church or glorification in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Catholic Church Christian church led by the Bishop of Rome

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The daughter of Saint Framechildis and the Count Palatine Badefrid, she became a nun after she refused to be part of an arranged marriage. She received the veil from Saint Omer at Abbeville and later became an abbess at Jumieges, and at Pavilly. She helped reform the convent of Pavilly.

Nun Member of a religious community of women

A nun is a member of a religious community of women, typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the enclosure of a monastery. Communities of nuns exist in numerous religious traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, and Taoism.

Arranged marriage is a type of marital union where the bride and groom are selected by individuals other than the couple themselves, particularly by family members, such as the parents. Depending on culture, a professional matchmaker may be used.

Saint Audomar, better known as Saint Omer, was a bishop of Thérouanne, after whom nearby Saint-Omer in northern France was named.

Some of her relics are said to have been brought to Canterbury by the Normans. [1]

The two towns named Sainte-Austreberthe refer to her.

Austrebertha and the wolf

Stained glass window depicting Austrebertha and the wolf Vitrail sainte austreberthe.jpg
Stained glass window depicting Austrebertha and the wolf

A popular legend told of Austrebertha states that one day, while looking for the donkey whose task it was to carry the laundry of the monks to the convent, she came across a wolf. The wolf admitted to killing the donkey and begged for forgiveness. Austrebertha forgave the wolf but commanded him to carry the laundry himself, a task that the wolf performed for the rest of its life. [2]

Donkey subspecies of mammal (donkey as a domesticated subspecies)

The donkey or ass is a domesticated member of the horse family, Equidae. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild ass, E. africanus. The donkey has been used as a working animal for at least 5000 years. There are more than 40 million donkeys in the world, mostly in underdeveloped countries, where they are used principally as draught or pack animals. Working donkeys are often associated with those living at or below subsistence levels. Small numbers of donkeys are kept for breeding or as pets in developed countries.


  1. Monks of Ramsgate. “Austreberta”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 August 2012
  2. Wolves and Early Saints Archived September 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine .

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