St. Pharaildis of Ghent Biography
St. Pharaildis of Ghent Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date
|Date of Birth||650 AD|
|Country of Birth||Belgium of Europe|
|Matrimony/Holy Orders||Saints who were Married|
|Place of Work||Belgium|
|Date of Death||740 AD|
|Place of Death||Belgium|
|Feast Day||January 4|
|Canonization||Canonized by Pre congregation|
|Patron Saint of||
She was born in 650 in Ghent in Belgium. She came from a noble Merovingian family and was the sister of Saint Gudule and niece of Saint Gertrude of Nivelles. Her father was a nobleman and accompanied the king on his army, and in peacetime, he lived on his estates and villas. Like all girls from good families, Pharaoh’s got a solid religious education at the Nivelles monastery led by the holy Gjertrud of Nivelles (626-59).
Even though she had dedicated her virginity to God, St. Pharaildis was forced to marry a wealthy suitor, son of Otto, the leader of a Saxon tribe. He treated her with great cruelty, because she insisted on living as a virgin or because he opposed her spending the nights in the local churches. He died before her after being injured during a horse hunt, so she was free to live according to her promise. She was still a virgin and was given the name “virgin” to “widow”.
St. Pharaildis died in 740 AD of natural causes.