The only information I have been able to find, concerns two locally-venerated
Eleanors, who are not saints but "blessed's" (i.e., they
have been beatified). The information comes from the great reference
work F.G. Holweck, A Biographical Dictionary Of The Saints (1924),
and is as follows:
— " ELEONORA (B.), Queen of England ; born. 1222, daughter
of Raymond IV, of Provence; 14 January, 1236, she was married to King
Henry III of England; after her husband's death (1273) she became
a nun (O.S.B.) at Amesbury; died. 25 May, 1291. Her cult was never
— " ELEONORA ORTIZ (B.), V., Observance Carmelite, on the island
of Mallorca; died. 1594;
her cult was never approved. 27 May."
Hope this is of some help.
Jude Fischer from the
Marian Center replied:
Hi, Mike —
Eleanor is a derivative of Helena. There is a Catholic Mission in San Patricio, New Mexico that has a write-up on her. New Advent also has a write-up below.
Hi, Mike —
There are at least two different Eleanors.
- One is St.
Helena. She was born sometime between 248 A.D. and 255 A.D. at Drepanum,
- The other St.
Eleanor is Queen Eleanor of Provence, who was born much later,
in 1222, and was married to King Henry III.
This should assist your priest-friend in figuring out which saint
he was interested in.