April 24: , Swedish Convert, Nurse & Nun

Blessed Maria Elisabetta Hesselblad, 1870 – 1957

Elisabeth Hesselblad, religious name Maria Elisabetta Hesselblad, (June 4, 1870April 24, 1957) was a Swedish nurse, nun, and beatified woman.

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.

She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 9, 2000.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_Hesselblad


3 Responses to April 24: , Swedish Convert, Nurse & Nun

  1. sumana says:

    I wanted to convert myself to a nun and would like to donate my life for the service of the almighty…..

    I am a hindu married, but not happy want to spend the rest of my life serving Jesus,,,,,,,

    In the month of december i would be ready to leave all material possession ,,,,,,,,

  2. Nan says:


    Talk to your parish priest about learning more about Catholicism and possibly converting. New converts are generally brought into the church at Easter, after going through several months of education.

  3. Anonymous says:


    This is saritha.I wanted to convert a nun ,where can i get details in Hyderabad,India

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