Blessed Marie of Oignies
Born 1177, Nivelles, Belgium
Died June 23, 1213, Oignies, France
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Major shrine church of Saint Nicholas at Nivelles, Belgium
Feast June 23
Attributes protected from rain by the Virgin Mary sheltering her with her mantle
Patronage against fever, women in labour

Marie of Oignies (born Nivelles, now Belgium, 1177, died 1213) was a Beguine, known from the Life written by Jacques de Vitry, for Fulk of Toulouse.[1]. This account helped gain papal approval for the Beguines[2].

She is beatified in the Catholic church, with the feast day of June 23.


  • Margot H. King and Hugh Feiss (translators), Two Lives of Marie d'Oignies, by Jacques de Vitry and Thomas de Cantimpré (4th edition, 1998)


  1. Andre Vauchez, Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages (2001 translation), p. 907.
  2. William Westcott Kibler, Medieval France: An Encyclopedia (1995), p. 484.

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