Feastday: April 9th
When did St. Waltraud live: in the seventh century
Biography of St. Waltraud:
Waltraud comes from a family of the Merovingian royal line from which many saints emerged. She was married to the Count Vincente Madelgarius and had four children, St. Landricus, S. Medelberta, S. Adeltrud and S. Dentelin. After her children were all grown up, Waltraud got separated from her husband and founded a benedictine abbey in Mons, of which she became the first abbess. She was buried in the gothic abbey church of Sainte-Waldru, where she is still remembered nowadays.
Patronage: Patron Saint of Mons
Statues and sculptures of St. Waltraud - portrayal, imagery and emblem: The statue above, skillfully caved and painted by the masters in Val Gardena, shows St. Waltraud as abbess with a book.