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Lives of the Saints:

How They Changed the World

Saint Adele (d. 730)

Saint Adele (d. 730)

Feast day: December 24

Saint Adele was the daughter of King Dagobert II of Germany. She married and had a son, who would become the father of Saint Gregory of Utrecht. After the passing of her husband, and after she made arrangements to provide for her son, Adele became a nun. She established a convent at Palatiolum and became its first abbess. As abbess, Adele was a holy, prudent, and compassionate leader. She was also one of the first followers of Saint Boniface. Saint Adele passed on to her heavenly home in 730.