St. Elizabeth of Hungary Society / Women's Council
The St. Elizabeth of Hungary Society for Human Dignity was established at St. John the Baptist parish in 2012 to answer the need for our community, so richly blessed by God's abundant generosity, to serve the most in need of our community. This organization, unlike other charitable institutions and societies in parish life, serves the broader need of defending human dignity and all human needs. In responding to the call of the Gospel to love one another.
What needs to we respond to:
"As long as you did it for the least of my brothers, you did it for me!"
Since our neighborhood doesn't experience the same needs as other parts of the city, our contributions are sent to local institutions that serve the most in need such as:
Corpus Christi Hope House
Mother Theresa Shelter for the Homeless
The ARK Assessment Shelter
and many others
Our service is to: feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, clothe the naked, assist institutions that give comfort to the victims of domestic violence, both children and women, promote the dignity of human life by standing up against violence, abortion, drug & alcohol abuse, pornography, and many other needs.
Who is "St. Elizabeth of Hungary"?
St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207, the daughter of Alexander II, King of Hungary. At the age of four she was sent for education to the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose infant son she was betrothed. As she grew in age, her piety also increased by leaps and bounds. In 1221, she married Louis of Thuringia and in spite of her position at court began to lead an austerely simple life, practiced penance, and devoted herself to works of charity.
Her husband was himself much inclined to religion and highly esteemed her virtue, encouraging her in her exemplary life. They had three children when tragedy struck - Louis was killed while fighting with the Crusaders. After his death, Elizabeth left the court, made arrangements for the care of her children, and in 1228, renounced the world, becoming a tertiary of St. Francis. She built the Franciscan hospital at Marburg and devoted herself to the care of the sick until her death at the age of 24 in 1231.
St. Elizabeth is the patron saint of bakers, countesses, death of children, falsely accused, the homeless, nursing services, tertiaries, widows, and young brides. Her symbols are alms, flowers, bread, the poor, and a pitcher.
Every Second Monday of the Month – September through May
From Bl. Theresa of Calcutta