The roots of our name

Our name "JADWIGA" refers to two outstanding women from the Middle Ages who dedicated their lives to protecting the sick and needy:

Hedwig (Jadwiga) of Silesia was born in 1174 in Andechs Castle near Lake Ammer. By means of founding the Cistercian monastery in Trebnitz, she created the first women's convent in Silesia. She paved the way for numerous orders, helping them settle in Silesia.

Hedwig (Jadwiga) of Poland (from Anjou) was born in Hungary in 1374. As Queen of Poland, Jadwiga particularly focused on the mission in Lithuania, founding monasteries, the diocese of Vilna / Vilnius and the theological faculty of the University in Kraków.