Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Saint Zedislava Berka – Saint of the Day – January 4

St Zedislava Berka Biography

St Zedislava Berka Profile. Born: 1220 A.D in Czech Republic, Europe. Worked in Czech Republic. Died: January 1 1252 in Czech Republic. Feast Day is celebrated on January 4.


The Memorial of St Zedislava Berka – Saint of the Day

St Zedislava Berka Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth 1220 A.D
Country of Birth Czech Republic of Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Married
Profession N/A
Place of Work Czech Republic
Date of Death January 1 1252
Place of Death Czech Republic
Feast Day January 4
Beatification Beatified by 28 August 1907 by Pope Pius X and 2 July 1994 by Pope John Paul II
Canonization Canonized by 21 May 1995 by Pope John Paul II
Patron Saint of Difficult marriages.
People ridiculed for their piety.


Saint’s  Biography

As a child of seven, St Zdislava, the daughter of a Czech aristocratic family ventured into the woods with the intent of becoming a hermitess but was soon tracked down and brought home from her adventure.

Married to a Czech nobleman, the Count of Lemberk. The couple had four children and received holy Communion almost daily leading to experiencing many ecstasies and visions.

She devoted herself to the poor, bathing the sick with her own hands and taking homeless refugees into her home.

On one occasion, her husband frustrated by her charity, angrily went to expel from their castle a fever-stricken beggar she had given a bed to but he was stunned to find in the bed a crucifix instead. The mysterious incident moved him to agree to Zdislava’s desire to fund the foundation of a new Dominican convent.

She reassured her husband and children that she hoped to be of more help to them in the next life than she could ever be in this world. Soon after Zdislava’s death on January 1, 1252, her husband experienced a vision of her in glory.

Saint Zedislava Berka
Saint Zedislava Berka