Saint Elizabeth of Schönau

detail of an Italian holy card of Saint Elizabeth of Schonau, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Elizabeth of Sconauge
  • Elisabeth of….



Born to the German nobility. Raised and educated in Schönau Benedictine abbey near Bingen, Germany from age 12. Elizabeth came to see the abbey as home, and took vows as a Benedictine nun in 1147. Friend of Saint Hildegard von Bingen. Abbess at Schonau from 1157 until her death.

In 1152 she began receiving ecstacies and visions of Jesus and Mary, received the gift of prophecy, and suffered the assaults of demonic forces. With the help of her brother Egbert, a monk and abbot, she wrote three volumes describing her visions. The periods in ecstacies weakened her already fragile health.




  • never formally canonized, but popular devotion went on for centuries
  • added to the Roman Martyrology in 1584 by Pope Gregory XIII



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Elizabeth of Schönau“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 June 2021. Web. 19 October 2021. <>