Monday, 17 April 2017

# Saints

Saint Hunna

The 15th of April is the feast day of Saint Hunna. She is the patron saint of laundresses, laundry workers, washerwomen.

Saint Hunna was born in Alsace, France, a daughter of a duke and married to a nobleman. Hunna and her husband opened their home to the poor. The bishop, Saint Deodatus came to live with them for a while and they were instructed by him and grew in sanctity. Hunna bore a son and named him after Saint Deodatus. He too became a saint and went to join a monastery. Hunna continued to serve the poor, especially women, after her husband's death. She did their laundry and mending and was nicknamed the "Holy Washerwoman." She gave away her wealth and property to build churches and monasteries. She died in 679 A.D. and was canonised by Pope Leo X in 1520 A.D.

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