Bl. Hildegun

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/20

Also known as
    Brother Joseph

    20 April

    Dressed as a boy for her own safety, she accompanied her father on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. On her return home, she kept the male disguise, joined the Cistercian monks at Schonau, and lived the rest of her life as a brother. Legend describes her as a miracle worker, and her sex was discovered only on her death. Of all the old stories with this theme, Hildegun's has the best and most convincing documentation by her own order.

    in the Rhineland


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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