Jolenta was born to a noble family in Hungary, the daughter of Bela IV, the King of Hungary, with her sister, Kunigunde, who is also known as St. Kunigunde, being married to the Duke of Poland. Indeed, Jolenta was sent to Poland so that Kunigunde could educate her. Jolenta married the Duke of Greater Poland, Boleslaus. Both Jolenta and her husband built numerous hospitals, convents and churches. In fact, Boleslaus was surnamed, “the Pious.”
Jolenta suffered a grave loss when her husband died. After two of her daughters were married, Jolenta and one of her daughters entered the Order of Poor Clares, a Franciscan Order. Jolenta reluctantly moved to another convent and was made abbess, because of wars in the region.
Jolenta saw “Jesus in disguise” in those less fortunate, wherein her kind and good works continued. Jolenta experienced a vision of Our Lord Jesus Christ, telling her of her impending death. It is said that many miracles occurred as a result of her intercession.
Jolenta is an excellent example of a wealthy individual with many opportunities who used her gifts for the glory of God and for love of her neighbor. St. Paul told us that it is the “love of money” that is the root of all evil, not money itself. Jolenta loved the Triune God with all of her being, spreading that love far and wide through her gifts, talents and resources. Dear Blessed Jolenta, please help us to be generous and kind, full of fervor and love for God and our neighbor, that we may experience true joy. St. Jolenta, pray for us!
With respect and love,