St. Cunegundes, Empress

Patroness of Lithuania

The Father of St. Cunegundes was Sigfrid, first Count of Luxemburg. After a pious education, she was married to St. Henry, Duke of Bavaria, who, upon the death of Emperor Otho III, was chosen King of the Romans. St. Cunegundes was cowned at Paderborn in 1002.

In 1014, the Saint went with her husband to Rome and became Empress, receiving together with him the imperial crown from the hands of Pope Benedict VIII. Though married, she lived in continence, for, with her husband’s consent, she had made a vow of virginity before her marriage.

Henry II died in 1024, leaving his widow comparatively poor, for she had given away nearly all her wealth in charitable works.

In 1025, on the anniversary of his death, and on the occasion of the dedication of a monastery that she had built for Benedictine nuns at Kaffungen, Cunegundes clothed herself with a poor habit, adopted the veil, which she received from the hands of the Bishop, and entered that same monastery. She spent the last fifteen years of her life in prayer, reading, and manual labor. She died about 1040.

PRAYER: God, You inspired St. Cunegundes to strive for perfect charity and so attain Your Kingdom at the end of her pilgrimage on earth. Strengthen us through her intercession that we may advance rejoicing in the way of love. Amen.
 
Saint of the Day
We Remember
January
Merciful Jesus, grant them eternal rest.
1Sister M. Leona Eberhardt 2004
4Sister M. Gaudentia Komlo 1955
6Sister M. Natalia Suszter 2008
14Sister Mary Louise Sziszak 2001
15Sister M. Constance Scheinhardt 1963
15Sister M. Edith Nemeth 2013
18Sister M. Evangelist Sziszak 1985
22Sister M. Ambrose Koleszar 1983
28Sister M. Laurentia Varga 2008

Mass Schedule:
7:00 AMMonday:
7:00 AMTuesday:
7:00 AMWednesday:
7:00 AMThursday:
7:00 AMFriday:
8:00 AMSaturday:
8:00 AMSunday:
8:00 AMHolidays:
Holy Hour - Adoration:
Thursday before First Friday: 7:00 - 8:00 PM