St. Elizabeth of Portugal

St. Elizabeth of Portugal Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/04
Tridentine Calendar - 07/08

Patron Of: Brides, Charitable Societies, Charitable Workers, Difficult Marriages, Falsely Accused, Peace, Queens, Victims of Adultery, Victims of Jealousy, Victims of Unfaithfulness, Widows

Also known as
    The Peacemaker
    Isabel of Portugal
    Isabella of Portugal

    4 July
    formerly 8 July

    Princess. Daughter of King Pedro III of Aragon and Constantia; great-granddaughter of Emperor Frederick II. Great-niece of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, for whom she was named. Pious upbringing with daily liturgy and praying of the hours, regular religious instruction and education. Married at age twelve to King Diniz of Portugal, and thus Queen of Portugal before she was a teenager.

    The king was known for his hard work, his poetic nature, and his lack of morals. Elizabeth suffered through years of abuse and adultery, praying all the while for his conversion, and working with the poor and sick. Mother of two, Princess Constantia and Prince Affonso. She sometimes convinced the ladies of the court to work with her, but most of the time she just incurred their jealousy and ill will. The king appears to have reformed late in life, though whether from Elizabeth's faith or his imminent death is unknown.

    The Prince Affonso rebelled against the favours Diniz bestowed on his illegitimate sons, and in 1323 forces of the king and prince clashed in open civil war. Though she had been unjustly accused of siding with her son against the crown, Elizabeth rode onto the battlefield between them, and was able to reconcile father and son, and prevent bloodshed. This led to her patronage as a peacemaker, and as one invoked in time of war and conflict.

    Widowed in 1325. After the king's death, she distributed her property to the poor, became a Franciscan tertiary, and retired to a monastery of Poor Clares she had founded at Coimbra.

    In 1336 her son, now King Affonso IV, marched against his son-in-law, the King of Castile to punish him for being a negligent and abusive husband. Despite her age and ill health, Elizabeth hurried to the battlefield at Estremoz, and again managed to make peace in her family, and thus maintain peace in her land.

    1271 at Aragon, Spain

    4 July 1336 at Estremoz of fever; buried at Coimbra, Portugal; miracles reported at her tomb

Name Meaning
    worshipper of God

    24 June 1625 by Pope Urban VIII

    against jealousy
    charitable societies
    charitable workers
    Coimbra, Portugal
    difficult marriages
    falsely accused people
    invoked in time of war
    victims of adultery
    victims of jealousy
    victims of unfaithfulness


    * Franciscan nun rose in her hand
    * Franciscan nun with a beggar nearby
    * Franciscan nun with a jug in her hand
    * Franciscan tertiary nun
    * woman carrying roses in her lap in winter
    * woman crowned with roses

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All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


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