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Saint Agnes of Bohemia (d. 1282)

Saint Agnes of Bohemia (d. 1282)

Patron of Bohemia, of the ill, poor, and suffering

Feast day: March 2

Saint Agnes of Bohemia was born a princess and was related to Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. She decided at a young age that she wanted to enter religious life but was still promised into many arranged marriages for political reasons. For years she dodged these marriages, until she was betrothed to Frederick II, the Holy Roman Emperor. Agnes sought the help of Pope Gregory IX. Frederick eventually conceded to release Agnes from the marriage agreement, saying, “If she had left me for a mortal man, I would have taken vengeance with the sword, but I cannot take offense because in preference to me she has chosen the king of Heaven.”

Agnes became a Poor Clare, entering the Monastery of the Holy Savior in Prague, which she helped to construct. She became known for prayer, obedience, humility, and miracles. She was elected abbess, but she continued to cook for her community of sisters and patch the clothes of lepers.

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