Saint Godelieve

detail of a statue of Saint Godelieve, National Cultural Treasure, Binondo Church, Chinatown, Binondo, Manila; photographed on 24 January 2014 by Ramon FVelasquez; swiped off Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Godaleva
  • Godliva
  • Godeleva of Ghistelles
  • Godeliva
  • Godelive
  • Godeleine
  • Godelva



Born to the Flemish nobility, the daughter of Hemfried, Lord of Wierre-Effray. Married to Bertulf of Ghistelles, a Flemish nobleman, who abandoned her before the wedding feast was over. Abused by her in-laws, especially her mother-in-law, Godelieve was variously locked in a cell, starved, and subjected to assorted physical and mental abuse. Her father threatened to turn the husband and in-laws over to state and Church authorities; Bertulf appeared to repent, Godelieve returned to him, and was soon after murdered; she is generally considered a martyr. Always a friend of the poor and sick, post-mortem miracles ascribed to her include restoration of sight to her step-daughter.





Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Godelieve“. 6 December 2014. Web. 25 December 2014. <>