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St. Hedwig (October 16)

Born in 1174, married at the age of 12 and the mother of 7 children. Her generosity built hospitals and monasteries throughout her land. After her husband's death she entered one of the monasteries she helped fund - a Cistercian monastery for nuns at Trebnitz. She intervened to make peace between her warring sons, Henry and Conrad, who were quarreling over land and power. With a mother's care she embraced the needs of all people. She died in 1238.