St. Isabella of Portugal
St. Isabella of Portugal is also referred to as St.
Isabel of Portugal and St. Elizabeth of Portugal. She
was born in Aragon, Spain as Princess Elizabeth. Her
father was King Pedro III. St. Isabella became the Queen
of Portugal when she was twelve years old when she married
Denis, the King of Portugal.
St. Isabella Dedicated to the Poor
St. Isabella dedicated her life to charitable works.
She founded hospitals for the sick, houses for travelers,
and shelters for abandoned children and prostitutes.
St. Isabella also founded a convent.
St. Isabella the Peacemaker
St. Isabella was a woman of peace and gentleness. She
kept the peace within her family and within Portugal.
St. Isabella Joins the Convent
St. Isabella joined the convent of the Franciscan Tertiary
after the death of her husband. She devoted the remainder
of her life to the sick and the needy. She lived in
the convent for eleven years and died in 1336.
St. Isabella Patron Saint
Saint Isabella is the patron saint of many causes:
* Charitable societies
* Charitable workers
* Difficult marriages
* People falsely accused
* Intercession in wartime
* Victims of adultery
* Against jealousy
Wearing a St. Isabella medal or a St. Isabella charm
offers inspiration and encouragement for anyone who
needs assistance with any of these causes. Praying to
St. Isabella gives consolation, guidance, and the strength
needed to carry on.
St. Isabella Prayer
Father of peace and love,
you gave St. Isabella the gift of reconciling enemies.
By the help of her prayers
give us the courage to work for peace among men,
that we may be called the sons of God.
We ask this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.