The daughter of a rich and powerful king, Elizabeth relinquished a life of luxury and leisure, finding her passion in community service.
As a young woman, Elizabeth devoted her energy and family’s resources to caring for the less fortunate – feeding and clothing the poor, bringing hope and healing to those who were suffering, and empowering people to help themselves.
While Elizabeth faced many critics and challenges in her short life, she remained courageously committed to her vocation and her sense of justice, dignity and the common good. Elizabeth loved her people, and they loved her back.
Elizabeth died at the age of 24 and was canonized as a saint four years later.
Today, the story of Elizabeth continues to inspire our service to others, especially the most vulnerable.