Jolenta of Poland


Jolenta of Poland

Infobox Saint
name= Blessed Jolenta
birth_date=1235
death_date=1298
feast_day= june 15
venerated_in= Roman Catholic Church


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death_place=Gniezno
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Jolenta (Jolanta) of Poland (also known as Blessed Yolande (Yolanda) of Poland and Blessed Helen of Hungary (or of Poland); _pl. Bł. Jolenty w Gnieźnie) (1235-1298) was the daughter of Béla IV of Hungary and Maria Laskarina. She was the sister of Saint Margaret of Hungary and Saint Kinga (Cunegunda) and was married to Boleslaus of Greater Poland in 1257. She was widowed in 1279.

Religious work

Jolenta and Kinga, with one of Jolenta's daughters, retired to the Poor Clare convent Kinga had founded in Sandez. Jolenta founded a Poor Clare convent in Gniezno. Before her death, Helen became superior of the convent she had founded in Gniezno.

Children

Jolenta and Boleslaus of Greater Poland had three daughters:

* Elzbieta of Greater Poland (1263 - 28 September, 1304). Married Henry V, Duke of Legnica.
* Jadwiga of Greater Poland (1266 - 10 December, 1339). Married Władysław I the Elbow-high, King of Poland.
* Anna of Greater Poland (born 1278). A nun in Gniezno.

Veneration

She has been declared as a candidate for sainthood. Her sisters, Kinga and Margaret, have already been canonized.

External links

* [http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/sainth71.htm Helen of Poland]
* [http://www.franciscan-sfo.org/HS/s6.htm June Franciscan Saints]
* [http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/HUNGARY.htm#IolandaMBoleslawKalisch Her listing along with her siblings in "Medieval lands" by Charles Cawley. The project "involves extracting and analysing detailed information from primary sources, including contemporary chronicles, cartularies, necrologies and testaments."]


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