Saints related to Patron-of-widows

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  • St. Anastasia
    Little is known for sure about this early St. Anastasia, except that she suffered martyrdom in Sirumium. According to legend she suffered during the Diocletian persecution and was either beheaded or burned December 25th.
  • St. Bridget of Sweden
    St. Bridget was the daughter of a wealthy governor from Uppland, Sweden. She married and was very devoted to her family. After the death of her husband, she dedicated her life entirely to God, through prayer and works of charity. She was received many mystical favors, such as conversing personally with Christ and his Blessed Mother.
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
    The first saint born in America, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born in New York City in 1774. After the death of her husband, she converted to Catholicism. She began educating children, founding a free Catholic school. She also founded the Sisters of Charity, the first American religious community for women.
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary was born in 1207, daughter of the King. She was happily married and was known for her generous acts of charity towards the poor and sick. At the death of her husband, she devoted her life fully to prayer and works of charity.
  • St. Felicity
    A noble woman of Rome during the second century, St. Felicity and was arrested and ordered to sacrifice to an idol. She refused and as punishment, she was forced to watch as each of her seven sons were killed, one by one. Months later, she suffered martyrdom herself.
  • St. Frances of Rome
    St. Frances was born in Rome in 1384 to a wealthy family. Although she wanted to become a nun, her father had her marry a nobleman. She was the mother of three children and spent her time serving the sick and the poor. She also founded the Oblates of Mary, a lay order of women.
  • St. Isabella of Portugal
    Isabella of Portugal was born in 1291 in the town of Aragon, Spain. She married the king of Portugal and suffered from an unfaithful and abusive husband. After the death of her husband, she became a Franciscan tertiary and remained at the monastery in Coimbra.
  • St. Jane de Chantal
    St. Jane was born in Dijon, France in 1572. She was the wife of the baron of Chantal, but after his death she devoted her life to God. Together, with St. Francis de Sales, she founded the order of the Visitation and established several convents in France.
  • St. Louise
    St. Louise de Marillac was born in Meux, France in 1591. After her husband passed away, she helped organize a group of women volunteers to assist St. Vincent de Paul in caring for the poor. In 1634, St. Louise and the women took her vows, forming the Sisters of Charity, St. Louise as the first Superior.
  • St. Matilda
    Saint Matilda was the wife of King Henry I, and served as ruler of the Saxon Ottonian dynasty for a time. She was often caught between the politics of her two sons, Henry and Otto, both of whom criticized her due to her generous alsmsgiving. She constructed many churches and monasteries. She died in 968 A.D.
  • St. Monica
    St. Monica was born in 322 and raised Christian. She was married to a violent pagan, with whom she had three children, including St. Augustine. Her husband converted just before his death. St. Monica prayed for seventeen years for Augustine's conversion, and Augustine was baptized the year she died. She died after seeing her son baptized.
  • St. Paula
    St. Paula was born Roman nobility in 347. She was left a widow with five children after her husband's sudden death. She embraced Christ through severe austerity and commitment to the poor. St. Paula and her daughter moved to Bethlehem and offered support to St. Jerome in all his endeavors. St. Paula died in 404.
  • St. Rita
    St. Rita was married at any early age to an abusive husband for more than 18 years and had two sons by him. He was killed in a feud. Her two sons also died. After their death, she entered the convent in Cascia, where she lived until she died.