By Christina Hermoso
The Roman Catholic Church honors Saturday the memory of Saint Agnes (Santa Ines) of Bohemia, a medieval Bohemian princess venerated in many parts of the world as a model of Christian virtue and religious piety.
Also known as Agnes of Prague, she lived a life of prayer and poverty. She devoted her life to charity work and helped convert many to the faith as an active member of the Franciscan Poor Clares.
An elder cousin of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Agnes established several monasteries for Franciscan friars, hospitals for the poor, as well as the first convent in Hungary for the Poor Clares. She later served as the abbess of the monastery of St. Savior in Prague. St. Clare of Assisi, the founder of the Poor Clares, referred to St. Agnes as her “half-self.”
Born in the year 1211, St. Agnes counted as her mentor Pope Gregory IX. She died on March 2, 1282 and has been well venerated for ages. She was canonized on Nov. 12, 1989 by Saint John Paul II.