The patron saint of our Convent lived at a time of great upheaval in Russian history. A bloody war, civic strife and a revolution were its hallmarks. People were looking for worldly justice, but their Christian faith weakened, and love was growing scarce. Their hearts hardened, and desperation grew. Amid the sorrows and destruction, Saint Elisabeth Romanov set with her whole life an example of love that melted hardened hearts, of hope that overcame desperation and of forgiveness that triumphed over hate. In this section, you will find stories of her life that touched the hearts of our monastics and lay sisters and influenced their choice of Elisabeth Romanov as the Convent's patron saint. We hope that they will also inspire you to give love, have hope and forgive others.
We draw our inspiration from the life and works of our patron saint, Grand Duchess Elisabeth. After the assassination of her husband, she went on to found a convent dedicated to ministering to the poor. She was martyred by the Bolsheviks.
Not every generation is destined to meet along its path such a blessed gift from heaven as was the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna for her time, for she was a rare combination of exalted Christian spirit, moral nobility, enlightened mind.