Austrebertha

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Saint Austrebertha

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.

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Life

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.

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

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]

Notes

  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 .