Saint Isabella of Portugal was born in 1271.She was the daughter of Peter III, King of Aragon.
Saint Isabella married King Dinis of Portugal when only twelve years old.
Saint Isabella had two children about eight years after marrying Dinis.
Dinis was an effective ruler but an unfaithful husband.
Saint Isabella found solace in a life of prayer and piety.She founded many hospitals, orphanages, and homes for prostitutes. Saint Isabella also offered hospitality for pilgrims and the poor.
Saint Isabella was a peacemaker all her life.She reconciled her son with her husband and prevented a war between Portugal and Castile.
Dinis became ill in 1324 and died the next year after being devotedly nursed by Saint Isabella.He repented at the way he had treated her.
Saint Isabella decided to become a Poor Clare nun and travelled on pilgrimage to Compostela.
She was discouraged from becoming a nun and retired to a house near a monastery she had founded.Saint Isabella became a Franciscan tertiary and lived in great simplicity.
Saint Isabella’s last peacemaking attempt exhausted her and she died at Estremoz on July 4, 1336.
Saint Isabella was buried in the Poor Clares' convent at Coimbra.
Many miracles are credited to Saint Isabella after her death.Pope Urban VIII canonized her in 1626.
The feast day of Saint Isabella of Portugal is July 8.
Saint Isabella Patron Saint
Saint Isabella of Portugal was a peacemaker during her life which is why she was named the patron saint of peacemakers.Anyone who wears a Saint Isabella medal or a Saint Isabella pendant is reminded to carry on her work of peace to all people.