- Also known as
- 4 January
- Sister of Saint Gudule.
Niece of Saint Gertrude of Nivelles.
After making a private vow of virginity, she 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.
- c.650 in Ghent, Belgium
- c.740 of natural causes
against childhood diseases
victims of abuse
- Additional Information
Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson
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