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

  • Godelieve of Ghistelles
  • Godelieve of Gistel
  • Godaleva of…
  • Godeleine of…
  • Godeleva of…
  • Godeliève of…
  • Godelina of…
  • Godeliva of…
  • Godelive of…
  • Godelva of…
  • Godliva of…

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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.

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  • “Saint Godelieve“. Saints.SQPN.com. 1 January 2015. Web. 25 January 2015. <>