St. Elfleda, Abbess of Whitby


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Commemorated on February 8

St. Elfleda was the sister of King Oswy of Northumbria, England. In infancy, she was placed in the convent of Hartlepool. The abbess, St. Hilda, took Elfleda to Whitby, and she succeeded Hilda there as abbess. Elfleda was powerful in Church affairs and mediated a dispute between Sts. Wilfrid and Theodore. She also aided St. Cuthbert.

Elfieda died at Whitby.

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