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Michael A. Gallagher wrote:

Hi, guys —

A priest friend of mine is interested in getting the scoop on a St. Eleanor.

  • Does anyone have any idea or information about this Saint?

The spelling may or may not be right.


Mike Gallagher

  { Does anyone have any idea who St. Eleanor is or have any information about her? }

William M. Klimon replied:


The only information I have been able to find, concerns two locally-venerated Eleanors, who are not saints but "blessed's" (i.e., they have been beatified). The information comes from the great reference work F.G. Holweck, A Biographical Dictionary Of The Saints (1924), and is as follows:

— " ELEONORA (B.), Queen of England ; born. 1222, daughter of Raymond IV, of Provence; 14 January, 1236, she was married to King Henry III of England; after her husband's death (1273) she became a nun (O.S.B.) at Amesbury; died. 25 May, 1291. Her cult was never approved."

— " ELEONORA ORTIZ (B.), V., Observance Carmelite, on the island of Mallorca; died. 1594; her cult was never approved. 27 May."

Hope this is of some help.



Jude Fischer from the Marian Center replied:

Hi, Mike —

Eleanor is a derivative of Helena. New Advent also has a write-up below.


Mike replied:

Hi, Mike —

There are at least two different Eleanors.

  • One is St. Helena. She was born sometime between 248 A.D. and 255 A.D. at Drepanum, Bithynia.
  • The other St. Eleanor of Provence is Queen Eleanor of Provence, who was born much later, in 1222, and was married to King Henry III.

This should assist your priest-friend in figuring out which saint he was interested in.


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