ST. TECLA, V. ABBESS
SHE was an Englishwoman, and a holy nun at Winburn
in Dorsetshire, who being invited by St. Boniface into Germany, was
made abbess of Kitzingen, three miles from Wurtzburg, about the same
time that St. Lioba was appointed abbess at Bischofsheim, St.
Walburge at Heidenheim in Bavaria, Kynetrade also in Bavaria, and
Kynegild in Thuringia, that they might be mistresses of a spiritual
life to the new converts of their sex, and train up young ladies to
virtue; St. Boniface rightly judging, that the establishment of
sanctuaries, which might be models and examples of true piety and
schools for the religious education of youth, was a necessary means
for supporting religion, and diffusing its holy spirit.