St. Elizabeth of Hungary

November 17, 2022

St. Elizabeth of Hungary was a princess who was known for her charity. She was promised to a nobleman at birth and she married him at the age of 14, but became a widow just six years later.

She was greatly attracted to the philosophy of St. Francis of Assisi. Her family attempted to seize her dowry, but she regained it. She used the money to build a hospital for the poor.

Their castle was built at the top of a steep, rocky hill as was common for those days for defense. But it was difficult to climb, so she built the hospital at the bottom so the sick who needed care could reach it easily. She helped personally care for many of those who came for help.

St. Elizabeth died at the age of 24.

Patron Saint of …

St. Elizabeth of Hungary is the patron saint of hospitals, nurses, bakers, brides, homeless people, and widows.

Daily Mass Readings for the Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

In addition to the suggested readings below, the readings may also be taken from the weekday readings or the Common of Holy Men and Women (for religious).

  • First Reading1 John 3:14-18: “If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him?”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 34: “I will bless the Lord at all times.”
  • Gospel Luke 6:27-38: “Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”

Rediscover Christ

Pope Benedict XVI reflects on how St. Elizabeth of Hungary helps us to imitate Christ and see Christ in others.

St. Francis of Assisi

Learn more about the saint who inspired her.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Gifts

Here are some gifts suitable for Confirmation, Baptism, or First Holy Communion for the Elizabeths you know.

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