St Elizabeth of the Trinity – Feast Day – November 8

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St Elizabeth of the Trinity, also known as Elisabeth Catez, was a discalced Carmelite, a mystic, and a spiritual writer.

She was born on July 18 1880 in Avord, Farges-en-Septaine, (Cher), France and died on November 9 1906 at the age of 26 in Dijon, France.

We celebrate her feast day on November 8 every year in the Catholic Church.

St Elizabeth of the Trinity is the Patron Saint of

1. Sick people
2. Loss of parents
3. Against illness

St Elizabeth of the Trinity Biography
St Elizabeth of the Trinity - Feast Day - November 8
St Elizabeth of the Trinity – Feast Day – November 8
Date of Birth July 18 1880
Place of Birth France in Europe
Profession French Discalced Carmelite nun
Place of Work Dijon, France
Date of Death November 9 1906 (aged 26)
Place of Death Dijon, France
Feast Day November 8
Beatification By Pope John Paul II on November 25 1984 in Paris, France
Canonization By Pope Francis on October 16 2016 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City
Patron Saint of 1. Sick people
2. Loss of parents
3. Against Illness

St Elizabeth of the Trinity Life History

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity was also known as Elizabeth Catez. She was Daughter of Captain Joseph Catez and Marie Catez. Her father died when the girl was seven, leaving her mother to raise Elizabeth and her sister Marguerite.

Elizabeth was noted as a lively, popular girl, extremely stubborn, given to fits of rage, with great reverence for God, and an early attraction to a life of prayer and reflection. Gifted pianist. She visited the sick and taught catechism to children.

Much against her mother’s wishes, Elizabeth entered the Discalced Carmelite monastery in Dijon, France on August 2 1901.

Though noted for great spiritual growth, she was also plagued with periods of powerful darkness, and her spiritual director expressed doubts over Elizabeth’s vocation.

Elizabeth completed her novitiate and took her final vows on January 11 1903. She became a spiritual director for many, and left a legacy of letters and retreat guides. 

Death

Elizabeth died at the age of 26 of Addison’s disease, which in the early 20th century had no cure. Though her death was painful, Elizabeth gratefully accepted her suffering as a gift from God. Her last words were: “I am going to Light, to Love, to Life!”

Beatification and Canonization

St Elizabeth of the Trinity was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 25 1984 in Paris, France and canonized by Pope Francis on October 16 2016 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City.

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