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Wivina (d.c. 1170) + Benedictine abbess. also called Vivina. A native of Oisy, Flanders, Belgium. She was adamant in refusing all offers of marriage until the age of twenty-three when she became a hermitess at GrandBigard, near Brussels. After gathering disciples, she accepted the offer of land from Count Godfrey of Brabant and built a convent over which she served as first abbess. Feast day: December 17.
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