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New Booklet Translated by Studium Theologicum Salesianum


Foundress of the Order of the Most Holy Saviour of St Bridget

The Booklet, edited by Former Patriarch His Beatitude Michel Sabbah and Rev. Fr. Pier Giorgio Gianazza has now been translated into English. Its publication coincides with the date of St Elizabeth’s Canonization in Rome by Pope Francis, on 5th June 2016. The work was coordinated by the STS Principal, Fr Biju Michael; those involved with the translation were: Joo Sook Kwak (Corres), Paolo Negrini, Hervé Tougma, Matthew Coutinho, Stephen Kuncherakatt, Angela Ridout, and Biju Michael.

The Booklet tells the story of Elisabeth Hasselblad, who was born in Sweden to a Lutheran rural middle class family on 4th June 1870, the fifth of thirteen children. Her early life was difficult but in spite of poverty, the family was closely knit and this love of home and country remained with Elisabeth throughout her life, until her death at the age of eighty-six.

As a child she loved to pray and read the Bible. She was still young when she had a dream wherein she saw the house of St Bridget, even though at the time she knew nothing of it. This dream left a lasting and decisive impact on her life and through circumstances; it eventually led her to renew the Order of the Most Holy Saviour of St Bridget. The new saint shines as a bright example of faith in God and of complete trust in Him.

Sr Angela Ridout sja




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