Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
Feast Day - November 19
Patron Saint of the homeless, nurses,
falsely accused, widows, and young brides
Elizabeth of Hungary, 7 Jul 1207 – 17 Nov 1231) was the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary and Gertrude of Merania. Her mother's sister was St. Hedwig of Andechs, wife of Duke Heinrich I of Silesia.
She was betrothed in infancy to Louis, Landgrave of Thuringia, and brought up in his father's court.
Not content with receiving daily numbers of poor in her palace, and relieving all in distress, she built several hospitals, where she served the sick, dressing the most repulsive sores with her own hands.
Her husband was himself much inclined to religion and highly esteemed her virtue, encouraging her in her exemplary life. They had three children when tragedy struck – Louis was killed while fighting with the Crusaders.
On her husband's death Elizabeth left the court, made arrangements for the care of her children, and in 1228, renounced the world, becoming a tertiary of St. Francis. She built the Franciscan hospital at Marburg and devoted herself to the care of the sick until her death at the age of 24 in 1231.
She became a symbol of Christian charity after her death at the age of 24
She was canonized by Pope Gregory IX. The papal bull declaring her a saint is on display in the Schatzkammer of the Deutschordenskirche in Vienna, Austria. Her body was laid in a magnificent golden shrine (still to be seen today) in the Elisabeth Church (Marburg).