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 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
- Saints Louis and Zelie Martin
- Saints Henry II and Cunigunde of Luxembourg
- Saints Stephen and Giselle of Hungary
- Saints Elzear of Cabran and Delphine of Glandeves
- Saint Thomas More
- Saint Adelaide
- Saint Matilda
- Saint Monica
- Saint Melanie the Younger
- Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
- Saint Elizabeth of Portugal
- Saint Louis of France
- Saint Bridget of Sweden
- Saint Frances of Rome
- Saint Antoine Leclerc de la Forest
- Blessed Anna Maria Taigi
- Blessed Peter of Siena
Prominent married Catholic men and women
- Ludwig Windthorst
- G. K. and Frances Chesterton
- Alice Thomas Ellis
- Dietrich and Alice von Hildebrand
Books on married saints
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, 1951.
Burton, Doris. Great Catholic Mothers of Yesterday and To-Day. London: Paternoster, 1951.
Ferdinand Holböck, S.T.D. Married Saints and Blesseds: Through the Centuries. Ignatius Press, 2017.
Ford, David C., Mary S. Ford, and Kallistos. Marriage as a Path to Holiness : Lives of Married Saints. 2013.
Fink, J.F. Married Saints. Alba House, 1999.
Delany, S.P. Married Saints. Longmans, Green, 1935.
Bogle, J., and J. Bogle. A Heart for Europe: The Lives of Emperor Charles and Empress Zita of Austria-Hungary. Gracewing Books. 1990.
Brown, N.C., and D. Ahlquist. The Woman Who Was Chesterton. ACS Books. ACS Books, 2015.