Benedictine abbess, baptized by St. Paulinus. She was the daughter of a king of Northumbria, England, and is considered one of England’s greatest women.

At age thirty three Hilda entered Chelles Monastery in France, where her sister was a nun. At the request of St. Aidan, she returned to Northumbria and became abbess of Hartlepool.

In time she became the head of the double monastery of Streaneschalch, at Whitby. She trained five bishops, convened the Council of Whitby, and encouraged the poet Caedmon.


Her feast day is 23rd June.


May I be equal to your hope of me. If I am weak I ask that you send me only what I can bear. If I am strong may I shrink from no testing that shall yield increase of strength or win security of spirit.

I trust in thee O’ Lord.