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Saint Gertrude of Nivelles (626 – March 17, 659) was abbess of the Benedictine monastery of Nivelles, in present-day Belgium.
She was a daughter of Pepin I of Landen and Saint Itta, and a younger sister of Saint Begga, Abbess of Andenne, Saint Bavo and Grimoald I.
One day, when she was about ten years of age, her father invited Dagobert I and some noblemen to a banquet. When on this occasion she was asked to marry the son of the Duke of Austrasia she indignantly replied that she would marry neither him nor any other man, but that Jesus Christ alone would be her bridegroom.
St. Gertrude’s patronage of cats is most likely because water from her well and bread baked in her oven was believed to repel rodents.
St. Gertrude is patron saint of gardeners and herbalists because fine weather on her feast day means it’s time for planting.
Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Empowerment will help you with
Protection and healing of cats and those who love them
Love & Compassion
Travellers in search of lodging