Hildegund (virgin)

Hildegunde or Hildegund of Schönau or Hildegund of Neuss (* March 1170 in Helpenstein, now a district of Neuss, † April 20, 1188 in Schoenau near Heidelberg) is venerated as a saint.

Tradition and legend

Hildegunde was the daughter of Harper of Helpenstein, a ministry officials of the Archbishop of Cologne. After her mother's death she made in the spring of 1183 with her father on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. On the crossing from Brindisi to Tyre 's father died of " Of Hot Fever "; he said to have been buried in the cathedral of Tyre.

Not to be harassed on the way home, Hildegunde dressed in men's clothing. As the name they chose Joseph - the protector of families and children. According to tradition, she was accused on the way back to Neuss to have stolen. She was sentenced to death, but by an angel of God to their innocence have been witnessed.

By visiting their relatives, the Beguine Mechthildis in Speyer, she came in the Palatine area. Finally, she appeared as a novice at the Cistercians in the Schönau (Odenwald ) monastery. When Brother Joseph, she lived there, without revealing her true gender, which was not discovered until after her death at the age of only 18 years. She was buried in the choir of the monastery church in Schoenau, quickly earning the reputation of holiness.

Your feast day is April 20.


Hildegunde is a female first name and consists of hiltja = fight or fighters and gund = fight.