Saint Pharaildis of Ghent

Also known as

  • Farahilde
  • Farailde
  • Pharaild
  • Pharailde
  • Vareide
  • Varelde
  • Veerhilde
  • Veerle
  • Verylde

Memorial

Profile

Sister of Saint Gudule. Niece of Saint Gertrude of Nivelles. After making a private vow of virginity, Pharaildis was forced into marriage with a wealthy nobleman. Her husband insisted that she was married to him, and her sexual fidelity was owed to him, not God. Physically abused for her refusal to submit to him, and for her late night visits to churches. When widowed, she was still a virgin. Legend says that Pharaildis caused a well to spring up whose waters cured sick children.

Born

Died

  • c.740 of natural causes

Canonized

Patronage

Representation

  • loaves of bread (refers to a legend where a rich woman, who would not share her bread with a beggar, said in front of PHaraildis that if there was any bread in the house, she hoped it would turn to stone; from then on, all the bread brought into that house turned to stones)
  • goose

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Pharaildis of Ghent“. Saints.SQPN.com. 3 January 2014. Web. 22 December 2014. <>