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St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231) has long been recognized as one of the glories of the Franciscan family, celebrated for her holiness, her Franciscan spirit of poverty and her work with the poor, both as a wife and mother and later as a religious. But the true details of her life remain far too little known.

Our one hour, 45 minute documentary, A Woman for Our Time: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, will chronicle the celebration of the eighth centenary of Elizabeth's birth in 2006-2008, while also telling the story of her life through art works, historical re-enactments, narration and interviews with historians and Franciscans. It will include comments and reminiscences of those who love Elizabeth and follow her Franciscan way of life and charitable example today, demonstrating that she is still a woman for our time.

This film will be an inspiration to Secular Franciscans; Elizabeth's life as a laywoman, wife and mother is one that we can readily identify with. It will also be a wonderful means for leading people into the Order.  Young people will be especially inspired by this young woman's social conscience, and the way she loved God in action. The general Catholic viewer will also find the film informative and inspiring.

The film will be distributed on DVD by Tau Cross Books and Media, accompanied by a study guide on Elizabeth's life.
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Good news! The DVD was finished and we began distribution on December 17, 2011. Thanks again to everyone who contributed! You can order the DVD at our website (

The complete study guide to the film will also be available here very shortly For now, you can download the study questions here.

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