Blessed Maria Elisabetta Hesselblad, 1870 – 1957
She was the fifth of thirteen children born to a Lutheran family in Fåglavik, Herrljunga Municipality, Sweden. By 1886, she had to work to help them make ends meet. At first she looked for work in Sweden, but eventually sought work in the United States as a nurse. Her work in the US started her interest in Catholicism and in 1902 she converted. She later joined the Bridgettines on a visit to Rome. She attempted to revive interest in the order and its founder. She also worked at efforts at inter-religious dialogue and against racism.