Feast day: 17 August
When did St. Beatrice live: in the fifteenth century
Biography of St. Beatrice:
Beatrice was originally from Portugal and belonged to a noble family. At the age of 21, she was chosen as maid of Honor to Queen Isabella de Castile in Toledo. Because of her bad luck in love and several courtly intrigues, she entered the Dominican convent of Santo Domingo in Toledo in 1453. She gave all her belongings to the poor and lived there without vows for about 30 years. In 1484 she founded the Order of the Immaculate Conception, the Conceptionists. They are widely spread in Latin countries and South America. Beatrice died on 1491 in Spain.
Patronage: St. Beatrice is patroness of the prisoners
Statues and woodcarvings from Val Gardena representing St. Beatrice of Silva - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Beatrice of Silva is represented as a Conceptionist nun with crosier and book.