Saint Waltrude
Died April 9, c. 688 AD
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast April 9
Patronage Mons

Saint Waltrude (French: Waudru; Dutch: Waldetrudis; German: Waltraud; Latin: Valdetrudis, Valtrudis, Waltrudis; died April 9, c. 688 AD) is the patron saint of Mons, Belgium, where she is known in French as Sainte Waudru, and of Herentals, Belgium, where she is known in Dutch as Sint-Waldetrudis or -Waltrudis. Both cities boast a large medieval church that bears her name.

Married to the Count of Hainault, she raised four children. After her husband retired to an abbey, she herself became a nun in 656. She founded her own convent (Sainte-Waudru) and the city of Mons grew around it.

Her biography celebrates her for "the pious intention under vow to free captives. She arranged the ransom price [and] weighed out the silver. ... When the captives had been bought back with the ransom money out of her own purse, at her command they returned to their families and homes." [1]

The shrine of Saint Waltrude is kept in the collegiate church dedicated to her in Mons. Each year as part of the Ducasse de Mons festival, the shrine is placed on the car d'or, a gilded cart, and drawn by horses through the city streets.

The Sainte Waudru collegiate church and the belfry at Mons.


  1. Schulenberg. Forgetful off their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100. 1998. Chicago, Illinois: The University of Chicago Press. p. 76
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