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St. Bertha of Artois

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Feastday: July 4
Patron of widows
Death: 725

Benedictine widow and abbess. Married to a nobleman at twenty, Bertha bore five daughters.When her husband died, she entered the convent she had founded at Blangy, in Artois, France. Two of her daughters joined her in the religious life. Bertha served as the abbess for a time and also lived as a recluse.


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