Sadalberga

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Saint Salaberga
Abbess and foundress
Born unknown
possibly Toul, France
Died 7th Century
Laon, France
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church
Feast September 22

Saint Sadalberga (or Salaberga) (died 665) was the daughter of Gundoin, Duke of Alsace and his wife Saretrude. Sadalberga founded the convent of St. John the Baptist at Laon.

Life[edit]

Cured of blindness while still a child by Saint Eustace of Luxeuil,[1] she was twice married, first to a man who died after two months and then to a nobleman, Blandinus, a close counselor of King Dagobert. She had five children, Saretrude, Ebana, Anstrudis, Eustasius (died in infancy), and Baldwin (Baudoin). Her husband Blandinus and two of her children, Baldwin (feast day October 16) and Anstrudis, became saints. Sadalberga's brother was Saint Bodo (d. 670). After some years, she and Blandinus agreed mutually to separate and assume contemplative lives. He became a hermit and she went into a nunnery at Poulangey.

Salaberga was subsequently foundress of the convent of St. John the Baptist at Laon. One of her kinsman had been bishop there, and his successor supported her efforts. She died there c. 665, bequeathing the convent leadership to her daughter, Anstrudis.[2]

Notes[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.