The Relics of St. Elizabeth Church
With great reverence and humility, St Elizabeth has been blessed with several relics. These relics in their reliquaries previously placed in the "Arch of Triumph" structure high above the altar are encased in the altar itself for veneration.
Elizabeth of Hungary, T.O.S.F, (1207 - 1231) was a princess of the Kingdom of Hungary, Landgravine of Thuringia, Germany, and a greatly venerated Catholic saint who was an early member of the Third Order of St. Francis, by which she is honored as its patroness. Elizabeth was married at the age of 14, and widowed at 20. After her husband’s death she sent her children away and regained her dowry, using the money to build a hospital where she herself served the sick. She became a symbol of Christian charity after her death at the age of 24 and was quickly canonized in 1235 by Pope Gregory IX. She is a patron of hospitals, nurses, bakers, brides, countesses, dying children, exiles, homeless people, lace-makers and widows. Her Feast is celebrated on November 17th.
Round silver theca housing relic of Saint Catherine Labouré (1806-1876.) The relic is affixed to the background of red silk and identifies as S. Cath. Lab V (Saint Catherine Labouré, Virgin). Under protective cap the theca is sealed by the red wax seal with a coat of arms of cardinal Angelo Dell'Acqua (1972), Vicar General of Rome (1968-1972).
Saint Catherine Labouré, DC (1876) was a French religious sister. She was a member of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul and is a Marian visionary. She relayed the request from the Blessed Virgin Mary to create the Miraculous Medal of Our Lady of Graces worn by millions of Catholics. She was beatified in 1933 by Pope Pius XI and canonized in 1947 by Pope Pius XII. Saint Catherine's feast day is observed on November 28 and she is a Holy Patron of Miraculous Medal, infirm people and the elderly.
Additional Relics of St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church:
(1850 - 1917)
Roman Martyrs from original parish altar stone.