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The Life and Legacy of Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

Articles | November 7, 2023 | by Catholics for Catholics

Elizabeth Catez, later known as St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, was born in Bourges, France in 1880. Her father, a military captain, passed away when Elizabeth was just seven years old, leaving her mother to raise her and her sister, Marguerite.

Elizabeth was an energetic young girl and an accomplished pianist, but also had a strong will and a temper. Despite her spirited nature, she had a deep love for God and a natural inclination towards a life of prayer and contemplation. She often visited the sick and taught catechism to children.

Despite her mother’s opposition, Elizabeth joined the monastery of Discalced Carmelites at the age of 21 in 1901. While she experienced significant spiritual growth during this time, she also faced periods of intense darkness that caused her spiritual director to question her calling. Nevertheless, Elizabeth completed her novitiate and took her final vows in 1903. Sadly, she passed away at the young age of 26 from Addison’s disease. During her brief time as a nun, she served as a spiritual director and left behind a legacy of letters and retreat guides.

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity is recognized as the patron saint for individuals who have lost their parents.

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