Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

   A Life of Service

 

Forest Thistle

Elizabeth of Hungary was a thirteenth-century member of the Hungarian and German royalty who devoted her energy and fortune to the assistance of the sick and poor. Her work included feeding the hungry, building a hospital, and creating the first orphanage in Central Europe. Raised to a life of privilege, she chose service to others instead; turning away from court intrigue and wealth, she devoted herself to prayer and charity.   Inspired by her life, the founders of this church chose her as our patron and example. The Rose shown on this page is her symbol, and ours.