On Sunday, August 15th, 1993, at the age of 7, I was baptized with the name Elizabeth. It was the summer before 2nd grade; this was a requirement to be able to receive holy communion. I remember going into it willingly and being excited that I get to pick another name. A lot of drive to be in the religion had some ounce of my consent when I was a child. However, due to financial constraints, I had to leave Catholic school before confirmation. On October of 2015, I joined Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at my local parish and went through six months of bonding with the most awesome people. A lot of them are still my friends. On April 2nd, 2016, I was confirmed into the Catholic church. My journey is not over. I take August 15th seriously just as I do April 2nd. I came to wonder who is the woman I chose as my baptismal name.
St. Elizabeth, Not of Sweet Valley California
As the header said, I was a fan of the classic teenage series Sweet Valley High, though, at the time, I was reading the children counterpart, Sweet Valley Kids. My intentions of picking Elizabeth was for that character to stick with me forever. Then when I grew up, the book series ended and became out of print. I have this name of this character that nobody remembered. I could talk to a student at Drexel, and they can quote Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings more than Sweet Valley High. I needed to know if this Elizabeth is a saint or if I pulled a name out of a hat. It turns out I did both. Upon research, I found so many St. Elizabeth’s one of them related to our Blessed Virgin Mary. However, the one I connected to was St Elizabeth of Hungary who is that patron saint of bakers, countesses, death of children, falsely accused, the homeless, nursing services, tertiaries, widows, and young brides.