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St. Gertrude of Nivelles

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Feastday: March 17
Patron Against mice, cats, mental illness, travellers
Birth: 626
Death: 659

Benedictine abbess, the daughter of Blessed Pepin of Landen and Blessed Itta of Ida. Itta founded Nivelles Abbey and installed Gertrude as abbess in 639. Gertrude was a mystic, gifted with visions. She befriended the Irish saints Foillian and Ultan. Gertrude is a patroness of travelers and gardeners.


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