Book of Saints – Saint Elizabeth

illustration of Saint Elizabeth and a Beggar, artist unknown; from 'Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Patroness of the Third Order', by Father Hilarion Duerk, OFM, 1919Article

November 17

Elizabeth was the daughter of the king of Hungary. At the age of fourteen she was married to Louis of Thuringia, a German prince, and bore three children.

Under the guidance of a Franciscan friar, she led a life of prayer, sacrifice, and service of the poor and sick. Seeking to become one with the poor, she wore simple clothing. Daily she would take bread to hundreds of the poor in the land. They loved her and called her “Dear Saint Elizabeth.”

One day Elizabeth was carrying bread for the poor. Her husband met her, and looking under the mantle saw only roses.

After her husband’s death Elizabeth was left with four children. Giving her money to the poor, she worked to support her family because she was mistreated by her husband’s family. She joined the Third Order of Saint Francis, spending the remaining few years of her life caring for the poor in a hospital. She died at the age of twenty-four. She is the patron of hospitals.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Elizabeth”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 January 2019. Web. 17 October 2019. <>