Married Saints

The wedding of Zita and Charles Habsburg, 21 October 1911


Married saints in the Church are far from numerous, and even fewer are venerated for what we might call a “normal” married life. Lists of married saints from the early Church, for example, feature primarily young women martyred, or husband and wife individually or both living chastely or entering a religious community. Attention to more kinds of married saints has increased more recently. The list below features a sample of married saints and holy men and women that will, hopefully, serve as models of sanctity.


Blessed Karl and Servant of God Zita Habsburg

Bogle, J., and J. Bogle. A Heart for Europe: The Lives of Emperor Charles and Empress Zita of Austria-Hungary. Gracewing Books. Fowler Wright, 1990.

Saints Louis and Zelie Martin

Saints Louis and Zelie Martin.” Society of the Little Flower - US. Accessed August 3, 2019.

Saints Henry II and Cunigunde of Luxembourg

Catholic News Agency. “St. Henry II.” Accessed December 11, 2019.

Vatican News. “St. Henry II, Emperor.” Accessed December 11, 2019.

CatholicSaints.Info. “Saint Cunegundes,” March 3, 2009.

Saints Stephen and Giselle of Hungary

Gisela of Hungary.” In Wikipedia, October 16, 2019.

Ott, Michael. “St. Stephen.” In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912.

St. Thomas More

Huddleston, Gilbert. “St. Thomas More.” In Catholic Encylopedia. Vol. 14. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912.

Saint Adelaide

Saint Adelaide.” In Encyclopedia Britannica, 1998.

Saint Matilda

Catholic News Agency. “St. Matilda.” Accessed December 11, 2019.

Married Catholic holy men and women

Ludwig Windthorst

Anderson, M.L. Windthorst: A Political Biography. Clarendon Press, 1981.

Neill, T.P. They Lived the Faith: Great Lay Leaders of Modern Times. Literary Licensing, LLC, 2012.

G. K. and Frances Chesterton

Brown, N.C., and D. Ahlquist. The Woman Who Was Chesterton. ACS Books. ACS Books, 2015.

Alice Thomas Ellis

Ellis, Alice Thomas. Home Life. Royal National Institute of the Blind, 2004.

Dietrich and Alice von Hildebrand

Hildebrand, D. von, A. von Hildebrand, and P. Kreeft. The Art of Living. Hildebrand Project, 2017.


O’Malley, V.J. Saintly Companions: A Cross-Reference of Sainted Relationships. Alba House, 1995.

Neill, T.P. They Lived the Faith: Great Lay Leaders of Modern Times. Literary Licensing, LLC, 2012.

Burton, Doris. Great Catholic Mothers of Yesterday and To-Day. London: Paternoster, 1951.